MA English 8 Poetry Vocab

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18 terms · Here are the terms we need to know for the quiz on Monday!

Speaker

the "voice" in a poem, who or what is speaking; it may be the poet or a character created by the poet, perhaps even an animal or thing

Diction

the writers choice of words, particularly for clarity, effectiveness, or precision

Imagery

pictures created in the reader's mind; language that appeals to the senses (sight, sound, taste, smell,touch,) to help the reader feel and see what is described in the poem

Figurative Language

Language that shows comparisons; it is not intended to be interpreted in the literal sense

Sound Patterns

the sounds of words used to create the "music" of the poem
alliteration: the repetition of consonant sounds onomatopoeia: when a word sounds like

Structure

the structural organization of a poem

Tone

the poems attitude toward the subject expressed in the poem (look at diction and imagery to help detect this attitude)

Simile

two things are compared using "like" or "as"

Metaphor

two things are compared by saying something is something else

Personification

human characteristics are given to something not human

Alliteration

the repetition of consonant sounds

Onomatopoeia

when a word sounds like what it is

Assonance

the repetition of vowel sounds

Rhyme Scheme

the pattern of end rhymes

Refrain

a repeated phrase used throughout the poem

Meter

the pattern of accented and unaccented beats

Stanza

a group of lines in a poem

Rhyme

repetition of similar sounds in two or more words and is most often used in poetry and songs

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