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Iamb

A metrical pattern of one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed
syllable. The following is an example:

Idyll

Poem focusing on the simplicity and tranquillity of rural life; prose work
with a similar focus. Idyll is derived from the Greek eidýllion (little
picture or image). The Greek poet Theocritus (300-260 B.C.) developed
this genre.

Imagery

Imagery is language that evokes one or all of the five senses: seeing,
hearing, tasting, smelling, touching.

Inference

A judgment based on reasoning rather than on direct or explicit
statement.

Interior Monologue (Stream of Consciousness)

A passage of writing presenting a character's inner thoughts and
emotions in a direct, sometimes disjointed or fragmentary manner.

Interlude

In drama, a light entertainment, usually musical, introduced into a
play, sometimes while scenery is being shifted.

Internal Rhyme

Internal rhyme is rhyming within a line.

Example:
I awoke to black flak.

Irony

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