Poetry Test Terms

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Anapest

two unaccented syllables followed by an accented one

Apostrophe

a figure of speech in which a person, abstraction, or entity is addressed as if it were present

Assonance

the repetition of similar vowel sounds in a sentence or a line of poetry or prose

Blank Verse

a line of poetry of prose in unrhymed iambic pentameter

Caesura

a strong pause withing a line or verse

Closed form

a type of structure in poetry characterized by regularity and consistency in such elements as rhyme, line length, and metrical pattern

Couplet

a pair of rhymed lines

Dactyl

a stressed syllable followed by two unstressed ones

Elision

the omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable to preserve the meter of a line of poetry

Enjambment

a run-on line of poetry in which logical and grammatical sense carries over from one to the next

Falling Meter

dactyl is an example of this meter

Foot

a metrical unit composed of stressed and unstressed syllables

Iamb

an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one

Meter

the measured pattern of rhythmic accents in poems

Metonymy

a figure of speech in which a closely related term is substituted for an object or idea (the White House; the Crown)

Octave

eight-line stanza

Rising Meter

anapest is an example of this meter

Scansion

the analysis of Metrical foot, the pattern of stressed an unstressed syllables

Sestet

a six line unit of verse

Spondee

a metrical foot represented by two stressed syllables

Stanza

a division or unit of a poem that is repeated int the same form

Synechdoche

a figure of speech in which a part is substituted for the whole (all hands on deck)

Syntax

the grammatical order of words in a sentence or line of verse or dialogue

Trochee

an accented syllable followed by an unaccented one

Volta

the place at which a distinct turn of thought occurs

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