I belong to the Clarkesville Writing Society based in Clarkesville, GA. Recently we had a discussion on using poetic devices in our prose (short stories, novels). Meter has always been an important element in writing. Reading out loud to a critical listener is a wonderful way to blue-pencil the tone of our work. Alliteration, onomatopoeia, assonance and consonance are other useful devices as well as the tried and true simile, metaphor and other figures of speech.