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poetry vocab

alliteration

use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse

ballad

a short musical narrative song or poem

free verse

Poetry that does not have a regular meter or rhyme scheme

haiku

a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons.

hyperbole

a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor

limerick

a kind of humorous verse of five lines, in which the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines, which are shorter, form a rhymed couplet

metaphor

a figure of speech comparing to unlike things without using like or as

onomatopoeia

the use of words whose sounds suggest their meaning And intimidates the sound

oxymoron

A figure of speech that combines opposite or contradictory terms.

personification

giving human qualities to non-human things

rhyme scheme

the pattern of rhyme formed by the end rhyme in a poem

sensory language

writing or speech that appeals to one or more of the senses

simile

a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with like or as)

stanza

an arrangement of a certain number of lines, usually four or more, sometimes having a fixed length, meter, or rhyme scheme, forming a division of a poem.

symbol

something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible

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