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Verse written in unrhymed iambic pentameter -- that is, with each line usually containing five iambs, which consist of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable
The suggested meanings of a word or phrase; the meanings and feelings that have become associated with the word, in addition to its explicit meaning.
A metaphor which has become so commonplace that it has lost its force, and we forget that it is not literally true.
A long narrative poem that usually centers on a single important character who embodies the values of a particular society.
a ballad that originates as an anonymous song and is passed on orally before being written down (typically, the author is unknown).
a metaphor that does not directly tell us that one thing is another different thing.
The regular pattern of rhythm -- that is, of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of verse.
A grouping of eight lines of verse, as in the first eight lines of a Petrarchan (or Italian) sonnet.
A lyric poem of fourteen lines, written in iambic pentameter, with an octave (first eight lines) that establishes a position or problem, and a sestet (last six lines) that resolves it.
Traditionally, poetry is language arranged in lines with a regular rhythm and often with a definite rhyme scheme. Experimental poetry often does away with regular patterns of meter and rhyme, but it usually is set up in lines.
One or more words, phrases, or lines that are repeated regularly in a poem, usually at the end of each stanza.
The repetition of accented vowel sounds and all succeeding sounds in words that appear close together in verse.
A lyric poem of fourteen lines written in iambic pentameter, with three quatrains and a concluding couplet.
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