What is Consonance?

Consonance is a literary device in which there is repetition of similar consonant sounds.  It is a specific type of alliteration.  Frequently used sounds include ‘ck’ ‘t’ or ‘p’. Consonance also differs from assonance, which is the repetition of a vowel… Continue Learning »

What is Dissonance?

Dissonance refers to the use of harsh sounds that are unpleasant and usually disruptive to the flow of speech and text. It is the opposite of euphony, in which pleasant or melodic sounds are used. Related Terminology Cacophony:  Harsh sounds that… Continue Learning »

What is a Connotation?

A connotation is the meaning that is suggested or implied by a specific word as a result of its typical associations. Connotations are normally described as being positive or negative, depending on whether the end result and interpretation is likely to… Continue Learning »

Love’s Dog – Poem Analysis

‘Love’s Dog’ is a poem by Jen Hadfield, which explores the idea of love in an interesting and unique way, considering what the most important aspects of love are and how loving someone includes accepting flaws and imperfections.  By avoiding… Continue Learning »

What is an End-Stopped Line?

An End-Stopped Line is where a line ends with a piece of grammar, usually a full-stop or another common form of punctuation such as a semi-colon.  As a result, there is usually a natural pause at the end of the… Continue Learning »

Valentine – Poem Analysis

‘Valentine’ by Carol Ann Duffy is a humorous poem, which explores the concept of love, likening it to an onion.  The poem has an unusual structure to match its unusual subject matter, and uses a variety of literary techniques.  Duffy… Continue Learning »

Different Types of Rhyme

Rhyme is a literary tool where the same or similar sounds are repeated at the end of a pair or group of words. It can occur with words that are next to each other (as a couplet) or in a… Continue Learning »

1st Date – She and He – Poem Analysis

‘1st Date – She’ and ‘1st Date – He’ are poems by Wendy Cope, which are the two perspectives of the same first date, from both a man and woman.  It is originally from her 2011 collection ‘Family Values’.  The… Continue Learning »

What is Hyperbole?

Hyperbole is a figure of speech in which deliberate and obvious exaggeration is used to emphasise a point. It is important not to confuse hyperbole with similes and metaphors.  Those techniques are fundamentally comparative, whereas hyperbole are overstatements and exaggerations…. Continue Learning »