Poetry Glossary

 

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Alliteration

The repetition of consonant sounds to begin words.

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Assonance

The repetition of vowels.

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Consonance

The repetition of consonant sounds.

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End Rhyme

Rhyme which occurs at the end of lines.

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Extended Metaphor

A comparison which extends all through the poem.

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Figurative Language

Words or phrases which help readers picture ordinary things in new ways.

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Form

The way a poem looks. Its arrangement.

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Free Verse

A poem without a regular rhythm.

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Imagery

Words which appeal the five senses.

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Internal Rhyme

Words with alike sounds (rhyme) within a line of poetry.

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Irony

The reverse of what was expected.

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Lyric Poetry

Poetry which conveys ideas and emotions using imagery and musical language.

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Metaphor

A comparison between two unlike ideas or objects.

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Narrative Poetry

Poems which tell a story.

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Onomatopoeia

Words which sound like their meaning. (buzz, whir)

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Personification

Giving inanimate objects human characteristics.

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Poetry

A type of literature where ideas and feeling are expressed in a compact, imaginative and musical language.

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Repetition

Using the same sounds, words, or lines more than once.

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Rhyme

Repetition of identical or similar sounds.

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Rhyme Scheme

The pattern of End Rhyme in a poem.

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Rhythm

The sequence of "beats" in a line of poetry.

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Sensory Language

Language which appeals to the five senses

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Simile

A comparison of objects or ideas using "like" or "as."

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Speaker

The owner or the "voice" saying the poem.

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Stanza

A group of lines of poetry.

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Stressed

A part of a word where the emphasis of beat occurs.

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Symbolism

Objects standing for other ideas.

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Theme

Insight or message about life.

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Tone

The feeling or attitude of a poem.

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Unstressed

A part of a word not having the beat emphasis.