Subjective, reflective poetry with regular rhyme scheme and meter which reveals poet's thoughts and feelings to create a singe, unique impression.
non-dramatic, objective verse with regular rhyme scheme and meter which relates a story or narrative
a rigid 14-line verse form, with variable structure and rhyme scheme according to type
elaborate lyric verse which deals seriously with a dignified theme
unrhymed lines of iambic pentameter
unrhymed lines without regular rhythm
a long, dignified narrative poem which gives the account of a hero important to his nation or race.
lyric poem in which the speaker addresses himself to persons around him; his speech deals with a dramatic moment in his life and manifests his character.
a poem of lament, meditating on the death of an individual.
simple, narrative verse which tells a story to be sung or recited: the folk ballad is anonymously handed down, while the literary ballad has a single author.
rhyme occuring at end of verse line; most common rhyme form.
rhyming within a line
repetition of two or more vowel sounds within a line.
repetition of two or more consonant sounds within a line.
repetition of two or more initial sounds in words within a line.
the technique of using a word whose sound suggests its meaning.
use of compatible, harmonious sounds to produce pleasing, melodious effect.
the use of inharmonious sounds in close conjunction for effect; opposite of euphony.
addressing a person or personified object not present.
the substitution of a word which relates to the object or person to be named, in place of the name itself
figure of speech in which a part represents the whole object or idea.
gross exaggeration for effect; overstatement.
statement which appears self-contradictory, but underlines a basis of truth.
contradictory terms brought together to express a paradox for strong effect.