Poetry Terms

  1. narrative
    tells the story
  2. dramatic
    like a play; poem with parts
  3. lyric
    highly musical verse
  4. speaker
    person who tells a story
  5. imagery
    poem that makes a picture in your mind
  6. tone
    writter's attitude towards a subject
  7. word choice
    word the author chooses
  8. figurative language
    language not supposed to be taken literally
  9. structure
    the way the poem is set up
  10. musical devices/rhythm
  11. stanza
    group of lines
  12. meter
    rhythmical pattern in a poem
  13. free verse
    poetry written without meter or rhyme
  14. rhyme scheme
    regular pattern or rhyme
  15. onomatopeia
  16. alliteratoin
    repetition of initials sound
  17. consonance
    The recurrence of similar sounds, esp. consonants
  18. assonance
    repetition of the sound of a vowel
  19. internal rhyme
    A rhyme involving a word in the middle of a line and another at the end of the line or in the middle of the next.
  20. end rhyme
    A rhyme occurring in the terminating word or syllable of one line of poetry with that of another line
  21. mood
    feeling created in the piece of writing
  22. theme
    central message
  23. allusion
    brief reference to a person, event, place, phrase, or piece of writing
  24. ballad
    songlike poem that tells a story
  25. blank verse
    Poetry that is written in unrhymed iambic pentameter.
  26. couplet
    a pair of rhyming lines
  27. simile
    figure of speech in which two things are compared using the word "like" or "as" to draw attention to similarities about two things
  28. metaphor
    figure of speech in which an implied comparison is made between two unlike things that actually have something important in common.
  29. extended metaphor
    metaphor being described throughout a piece of writing
  30. haiku
    • poetic form and a type of poetry from the Japanese culture
    • 5:7:5
  31. limerick
    short sometimes bawdy, humorous poems of consisting of fiveAnapaestic lines
  32. personification
    when you make a thing, idea, or an animal do something only humans can do
  33. sensory language
    uthor uses words and details that appeal to a reader's senses (sight, touch, taste, hearing, smell, emotion)
  34. sonnet
    lyric poems that are 14 lines long falling into three coordinate quatrains and a concluding couplet. First 12 lines propose a problem and the last one proposes the soltution
  35. cataloging
    listing poem
  36. hyperbole
    deliberate exaggeration
  37. paraphrase
    put into your own words
  38. symbol
    anything that stands for something else
  39. oxymoron
    a statement with two parts which seem contradictory; examples: sad joy, a wise fool, the sound of silence
  40. quatrain
    stanza or poem of four lines. Lines 2 and 4 must rhyme. Lines 1 and 3 may or may not rhyme
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