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Poetry Terms

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Alliteration
repetition of the initial sound in a word
Assonance
repetition of a vowel sound
Ballad
Narrative song with recurrent refrain
Consonance
repetition of the same consonant sound (can be anywhere in the word)
Figurative Language
describing something by comparing it to something else, includes figures of speech
Hyperbole
exaggeration
Imagery
use of vivid or figurative language to represent objects, actions or ideas
Lyric
musical poetry
Metaphor
compares two unlike things not using like or as
Meter
basic rhythm structure of a verse or words in a verse
Mood
the feeling a reader gets when reading a story
Narrative
poem that tells a story
Onomatopoeia
the word makes a sound it represents
Personification
makes an unreal object do human things
Poem
form of writing often with strong rhythm or rhyme that tells a story or relates to experiences
Repetition
word or phrase used over and over again in poetry done for effect or emphasis
Rhyme
repetition of an end sound
Rhyme Scheme
pattern of letters that corresponds to rhyme in a poem
Internal Rhyme
two or more words in the same line that rhyme
Rhythm
pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables
Simile
compares two unlike things using like or as
Speaker
the person who speaks in the poem
(Do Not Assume the poet is this)
Stanza
group of verses in a poem
Symbol
person, image, or object that represents something else as well as itself
Synecdoche
part for whole and whole for part
Tone
authors voice or attitude about what he or she writes about
Understatement
refers to the intentional downplaying of a situation often for ironic or humorous effect
Verse
line or lines of a poem