Poetry Vocabulary 2011

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Terms you need to know for your poetry Project!

alliteration

the repetition of similar consonant sounds, normally at the beginnings of words

meter

the rhythmical pattern of a poem

rhyme

the repetition of sounds at the end of words

rhyme scheme

a regular pattern of rhyming words in a poem

rhythm

the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables, or beats, in spoken and written language (see also meter)

couplet

a two-line stanza, usually with the same end rhyme

enjambment

the continuation of a sentence from one line of poetry to the next

stanza

a group of lines in a poem, considered as a unit; like paragraphs in prose

imagery

words that appeal to one or more of the five senses; sensory language

symbol

anything that stands for or represents something else; concrete objects that represent abstract ideas

simile

a comparison between two unlike things using "like" or "as"

metaphor

something is described as if it were something else, by pointing out a similarity between two things

hyperbole

exaggerating so it creates humor, emphasizes particular points, and/or creates dramatic effects

personification

giving something not human - human characteristics

poet's purpose

the poet's reasoning and life experiences for writing their works

theme

the idea or insight one gets after reading a poem: based on the author's life

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