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poetry terms

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enjambment
a run-on line of poetry in whihc logical and gramatical sense carries over to the next
caesura
a strong pause within a line or a verse
apostrophe
a figure of speech in which a person, abstraction, or entity is addressed as if it were present
verisimiltude
the appearence of the truth, actuality, or reality; what seems to be true in fiction
volta
the place at which adistinct turn of thought occurs
elision
the omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable to preserve the meter of a line of poetry
sycnecdoche
a figure os speech in which a part is substitutd for the whole
scansion
tha analysis of a metrical foot, the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables
explication
the act of interpretuting or discovering the meaning of a text through close reading
conceit
an elabprate or far -fetched comparssion between two vastly insimilar objects
metonymy
a figure of speech which a closely related term is substituted for an object or idea
closed form
a type of structe in poetry characterized by reularity and consistency in such elements as rhyme, line, lenght and metrical pattern
meter
the measured pattern of rythmic accents in poems
anapest
to unaccented syllables followed by and accented one
dactyk
a stressed syllable followed by teo unstresseed ones
spondee
a metrical foot represented bu two stressed syllables
trochee
an accented syllable followed by an unaccented one
iamb
an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one
foot
a metrical unit composed of stressed and unstressed syllables
stanza
a division or unit of a poem that is repeated in the same form
octave
eight line unit of verse
setet
a six line unit of a verse
assonance
the repititon of similar vowel sounds in a sentence or a line of poetry or prose
blank verse
the line of poetryor prose in unrhymed iambic pentameter
syntax
the grammatical order of words in a sentence or a line of verse or dialouge
rising meter
anapest is an example of this meter
falling meter
dactyl is an example of the meter
couplet
a pair of rhymed lines