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Poetry Test Terms

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Anapest
two unaccented syllables followed by an accented one
Apostrophe
a figure of speech in which a person, abstraction, or entity is addressed as if it were present
Assonance
the repetition of similar vowel sounds in a sentence or a line of poetry or prose
Blank Verse
a line of poetry of prose in unrhymed iambic pentameter
Caesura
a strong pause withing a line or verse
Closed form
a type of structure in poetry characterized by regularity and consistency in such elements as rhyme, line length, and metrical pattern
Couplet
a pair of rhymed lines
Dactyl
a stressed syllable followed by two unstressed ones
Elision
the omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable to preserve the meter of a line of poetry
Enjambment
a run-on line of poetry in which logical and grammatical sense carries over from one to the next
Falling Meter
dactyl is an example of this meter
Foot
a metrical unit composed of stressed and unstressed syllables
Iamb
an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one
Meter
the measured pattern of rhythmic accents in poems
Metonymy
a figure of speech in which a closely related term is substituted for an object or idea (the White House; the Crown)
Octave
eight-line stanza
Rising Meter
anapest is an example of this meter
Scansion
the analysis of Metrical foot, the pattern of stressed an unstressed syllables
Sestet
a six line unit of verse
Spondee
a metrical foot represented by two stressed syllables
Stanza
a division or unit of a poem that is repeated int the same form
Synechdoche
a figure of speech in which a part is substituted for the whole (all hands on deck)
Syntax
the grammatical order of words in a sentence or line of verse or dialogue
Trochee
an accented syllable followed by an unaccented one
Volta
the place at which a distinct turn of thought occurs