Verse consisting of unrhymed lines, usually of iambic pentameter. Commonly associated with Shakespeare.
The sonnet form used by Shakespeare, composed of three quatrains and a terminal couplet in iambic pentameter with the rhyme pattern "abab cdcd efef gg." Also called Elizabethan sonnet, English sonnet
A sonnet containing an octave with the rhyme pattern "abbaabba" and a sestet of various rhyme patterns such as "cdecde or cdcdcd." Also called Petrarchan sonnet.
A narrative poem which is, or was originally meant to be, sung. Characterized by repetition and often by a repeated refrain. Example: Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler"
A poem that celebrates the acheivements of mighty heroes or heroines in a continous narrative, usually uses elevated language and a grand high style. Example: "The Illiad, The Aenid, The Odyssey."
A poem that describes the simple life of country folk, usually shepherds who line in a timeless painless life in a world full of beauty, love and music that remains forever green.
Used to be sun, now a short poem expressing intense personal emotion rather than describing a narrative or dramatic situation.
One person talking to himself about events that have transpired in his/her life. Example: "Tomorrow" from Macbeth, "Romeo" from Romeo and Juliet, "Whether 'tis nobler" Hamlet
Simply put, it tells a story. The story may teach you something or illustrate some larger idea, but on the surface it is simply a story.
Depends most heavily on imagery to help the reader see what the poet wants him/her to see. Dramatic uses vivid imagery and unfolds scene by scene.
Presents the reader with a voice; offers the persona's thoughts, feelings and opinions. This kind of poem often begins with a brief narrative, but quickly moves into an attempt to explain the meaning of the story.
A more modern style of poetry that focuses on intense feelings and emotions that symbolize the modern world.
The repetition of vowel sounds in a line or series of lines; may affect pace and the way words included in the pattern seem to be underscored. Example: How now brown cow? Cloud, found, crowd.
The repetition of sounds in nearby words, usually invovling the initial consonants of the words. Example: Sarah Sylvia Cynthia Stout, tiki tiki tumbo
A group of lines with a specific cogency of their own and usually set off from each other by a space
A couplet consisting of two rhymed lines of iambic pentamenter and written in an elevated style.
When words within the same line rhyme. Example: He tanned on the sand, it's nice to deliver ice.
The words at the ends of lines rhyme, most common. Example: If you become a pest/ I'll give you a big test.
Two lines that rhyme and end in unstressed syllables. Examples: You're all I ever wanted/ You absense leaves me haunted.
Two lines that rhyme and end in stressed syllables. Examples: Tiger, tiger burning bright/ in the forest of the night.
Words almost rhyme, but a vowel or consonant sound differs (sometimes called near rhyme). Example: Bent/Want, Backs/Box
Words sound the same, but are spelled differently and have different meanings. Example: Night/Knight, Sun/Son.
The process of viewing a line of text, marking the syllables as stressed or unstressed, dividing repetitive patterns into feet, and naming it. This results in a determination of rhythm and meter.
Number of feet per line
Monometer, Dimeter, Trimeter, Tetrameter, Pentameter, Hexameter, Heptameter, Octameter
A line of five metrical feet, each one containing an unstressed syllable, followed by a stressed syllable. Commonly associated with Shakespeare.
A slight pause within the line for an effect. Need not by indicated by punctuation and does not affect the rhyme.
A single syllable in a line, half of a foot, but NOT deonted as a foot of meter if the line ends with it.