Poetry Terms

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Lines

the FORM in which poems are written; may not be complete sentences

Stanza

a GROUP OF LINES; a "paragraph" of poetry

Rhyme

words that end in SIMILAR SOUNDS, e.g. cat, hat

Repetition

words, phrases, or lines that are REPEATED for effect

Onomatopoeia

words with names that suggest their MEANINGS, e.g. bang, buzz

Imagery

words that appeal to the FIVE SENSES

Simile

a comparison of 2 things using "LIKE" OR "AS," e.g. He is as fast as lightning.

Metaphor

a comparison of 2 UNLIKE THINGS, e.g. The pizza was a garden of vegetables.

Personification

giving HUMAN QUALITIES to non-human objects, e.g. The trees were dancing in the wind.

Speaker

the person who NARRATES the poem

Alliteration

the repetition of the SAME INITIAL CONSONANT SOUND

Free Verse

a poem that DOES NOT HAVE A PATTERN OF RHYME

Rhythm

the steady BEAT AND FLOW of a poems' rhyme

Meter

pattern of stressed and unstressed SYLLABLES

Theme

the meaning or MESSAGE of a poem

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