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Aural Imagery

Creating an impression through 'sound effects' rather than by creating a picture in a reader's mind.

There are three main types of aural imagery: Alliteration, Assonance and Onomatopoeia.


The occurence of the same sound or consonant letter at the beginning of or closely connected words, i.e. cool, calm, collected.


Involves the repetition of a vowel sound to achieve a particular effect.

Example: Has no belief, commits no treason.


The formation or use of words that initiate the sound associated with something.

Example: 'sizzle', 'hiss', 'buzz'.


Figure of speech, which involves the comparison of one thing with another of a different kind, in order to make the description more vivid.

They often use the word 'like' or 'as' to make the comparison.


Artistic and poetic movement or style using symbols and indirect suggestion rather than direct description/s to express ideas/emotions.


Create a comparison, but unlike similes which make comparisons using 'like' or 'as', metaphors say it is that thing.

Example: He is a lion in battle.


Another form of imagery, created by giving human qualities or feelings to something that is not human.

Example: The river glideth at his own sweet will. (This suggests that the river is living).

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