22 terms

poetic devices

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alliteration
Repetition of initial consonant sounds
connotation
An idea or feeling that a word invokes for a person in addition to its literal or primary meaning.
couplet
A pair of rhymed lines that may or may not constitute a separate stanza in a poem.
denotation
Dictionary definition of a word
epic
A long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
figurative language
Language that cannot be taken literally since it was written to create a special effect or feeling.
foot
A metrical unit composed of stressed and unstressed syllables.
free verse
Poetry that does not have a regular meter or rhyme scheme
hyperbole
purposeful exaggeration for effect
imagery
Description that appeals to the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste)
metaphor
A comparison of two unlike things not using 'like' or 'as
meter
A pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in poetry
ode
A lyric poem usually marked by serious, respectful, and exalted feelings toward the subject.
onomatopeia
A word, such as "plop", "buzz", or "snap" whose sound suggests its meaning.
personification
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes
rhyme
Repetition of sounds at the end of words
rhythm
Pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables
simile
A comparison of two unlike things using "like" or "as"
sonnet
14 lines; following a specific rhyme scheme
stanza
A group of lines in a poem
symbol
A thing that represents or stands for something else, especially a material object representing something abstract.
theme
A central message, concern or insight into life expressed in a literary work.