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AP Poetry Terms 4, 5, and 6 - Speaker/Tone, Diction, and Imagery; and Theme

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tone
the voice that conveys the poem's attitute toward its subject
dramatic monologue
a poem in which a speaker addresses a silent listener
diction
the poem's or author's selection of words
denotation
the dictionary meaning of a word
connotation
associations both personal (involving one's personal feelings toward a word) and public (a general or collective feeling toward a word or subject); these are often ranked positive, negative, or neutral
elision
the omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable to preserve the meter
image
a concrete representation of a sense impression, feeling, or idea; they appeal to one or more of our senses
imagery
a pattern of related details in a poem; when a pattern of related details convey an idea or feeling beyond what the images literally describe, they are called metaphorical or symbolic
theme
an idea or intellectually apprehensible meaning inherent and implicit in a work; often this is a universal lesson conveyed by the author throughout a poem; more than one may be applicable to any given work and interpretted from more than one perspective