Literary Terms II

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Lyric poem

short poem uttered by a single speaker

Metaphor

a poetic device of comparison of two things without using a direct comparison (like or as)

Meter

a pattern of accented and unaccented syllables to create rhythm

Octameter

a metric line that contains 8 feet of patterned syllables

Onomatopoeia

a poetic device describing words that sound like what they mean

Oxymoron

juxtapostion of two words which when considered separately are contradictory but form a complete unit of thought

Paradox

a statement that seems contradictory, yet may be interpreted in a way that makes sense

Pastoral

a poem expressing the supposed peace and simplicity of rural life in an idealized setting

Personification

a poetic device which assigns human characteristics to a non-human thing

Pun

a play on words that seem similar in sound but have diverse meanings

Quatrain

a four line stanza

Rhythm

recognizable patterns of stresses or accents in a stream of speech or line of poetry

Simile

a poetic device whereby two unlike things are compared using "like or as"

Sonnet

a lyric poem consisting of a single stanza of fourteen iambic pentameter lines liked by an intricate rhyme scheme

Stanza

a group of lines in a poem that are somehow connected either by idea or form

Symbol

anything which signifies something else

Verse

lines of poetry

Tone

expression of a literary speaker's attitude to his listener; mood

Voice

a persuasive authorial presence throughout a work of literature

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