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Ballad poem vocabulary terms

ballad poem

a narrative poem often of folk origin intended to be sung- simple stanza- usually with a recurrent refrain.


The repetition of one or more phrases or lines at definite intervals in a poem, usually at the end of a stanza


the use of words that by their sound suggest their meaning


comparison of two unlike things using like or as


a figure of speech comparing to unlike things without using like or as


A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes


difference between what appears to be true and what really is; an event or outcome which is unexpected or surprising to the reader and logically would not have occurred

cutlass bright

A short heavy sword with a curved single-edged blade, once used as a weapon by sailors.


a large vessel with a handle and spout used for holding wine and liquors


a drink, usually diluted, and made from rum


the pattern or flow of sound created by the arrangement of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry

end rhyme

Rhyme that occurs at the end of two or more lines of poetry

approximate rhyme

rhyme in which the final sounds of words are similar but not identical

internal rhyme

a rhyme between words in the same line


a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse that sometimes rhyme


A four lined stanza

exact rhyme

perfect rhyme, such as buzz and fuzz


The attitude of the author toward the audience and characters (e.g., serious or humorous).


repetition of initial consonant sounds


Repetition of a vowel sound within two or more words in close proximity


Percival is describe in the legends of Camelot as uneducated, not well-dressed, and lacking all of the heroic qualities of a knight. This could be because he was raised by his mother deep in the forest and had never seen a knight, a sword, or for that matter, even a horse. Nonetheless, Percival manages (through dumb-luck, innocence, or whatever you might call it) to get the Grail that Arthur's knights hadn't even been able to get their hands on. So Percival could be described as a hero in sheep's clothes

invented words

words made up by the poet

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