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Holton-Arms School 8th Grade M3 Poetry Terms for test on 11/23/10

Alliteration

repetition of initial consonant sounds

Allusion

a reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, work of art that the poet expects the reader to recognize

Connotation

the implied or suggested meaning of a word; emotional overtones of the word; what it suggests to the reader

Couplet

two consecutive rhyming lines

Denotation

the literal definition of a word

Figure of speech/figurative language

a word or phrase that identifies or describes something in a way that is not literally true, but may be meaningful in a deeper sense. Metaphor, simile, personification are considered this

Metaphor

a phrase where two words are equal. Ex: "The road was a ribbon of moonlight.."

Hyperbole

gross exaggeration for effect

situational irony

an unexpected twist; the contrast between what is expected to happen and what actually occurs

Onomatopoeia

the use of words whose sounds imitate natural sounds

Personification

giving an object or an animal human qualities or characteristics

Rhyme scheme

the pattern of rhymes at the ends of lines in a poem.

Sarcasm

a form of verbal irony; saying something and meaning the exact opposite, with the intent to be witty or insulting.

Speaker

the narrator, point of view, or persona through whom the poet is speaking

Stanza

lines grouped together to form a division of a poem, separated from other lines by space

Symbol

an object, person, place, event that stands for something more than itself; something concrete that stands for an abstract concept.

Tone

the writer's attitude toward the subject he or she is writing about or the speaker's attitude toward the subject he or she is talking about

Genre

a division or type of literature.

Narrative poetry

poetry that tells a story; present dramatic events in a vivid way, using some of the same elements as short stories--for example, plot, characters, and dialogue

Dramatic poetry

poetry that includes the techniques of drama. One or more characters speak to other characters that may or may not be present in the poem.

Dramatic monologue

a poem in which one person addresses a listener or listeners who do not speak. The speaker reveals his or her character by commenting on a crucial problem or conflict in his or her life.

Lyric poetry

highly musical verse that expresses the emotions, attitudes, and observations of a single speaker its usually short and musical.

Ballad

a song-like poem that tells a story, often one dealing with adventure or romance.

Diction

word choice

Image

a word or phrases that appeals to one or more of the senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell, movement)

Simile

a comparison using like or as. Ex: "his hair like moldy hay"

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