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Holton-Arms School 8th Grade M3 Poetry Terms for test on 11/23/10


repetition of initial consonant sounds


a reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, work of art that the poet expects the reader to recognize


the implied or suggested meaning of a word; emotional overtones of the word; what it suggests to the reader


two consecutive rhyming lines


the literal definition of a word

Figure of speech/figurative language

a word or phrase that identifies or describes something in a way that is not literally true, but may be meaningful in a deeper sense. Metaphor, simile, personification are considered this


a phrase where two words are equal. Ex: "The road was a ribbon of moonlight.."


gross exaggeration for effect

situational irony

an unexpected twist; the contrast between what is expected to happen and what actually occurs


the use of words whose sounds imitate natural sounds


giving an object or an animal human qualities or characteristics

Rhyme scheme

the pattern of rhymes at the ends of lines in a poem.


a form of verbal irony; saying something and meaning the exact opposite, with the intent to be witty or insulting.


the narrator, point of view, or persona through whom the poet is speaking


lines grouped together to form a division of a poem, separated from other lines by space


an object, person, place, event that stands for something more than itself; something concrete that stands for an abstract concept.


the writer's attitude toward the subject he or she is writing about or the speaker's attitude toward the subject he or she is talking about


a division or type of literature.

Narrative poetry

poetry that tells a story; present dramatic events in a vivid way, using some of the same elements as short stories--for example, plot, characters, and dialogue

Dramatic poetry

poetry that includes the techniques of drama. One or more characters speak to other characters that may or may not be present in the poem.

Dramatic monologue

a poem in which one person addresses a listener or listeners who do not speak. The speaker reveals his or her character by commenting on a crucial problem or conflict in his or her life.

Lyric poetry

highly musical verse that expresses the emotions, attitudes, and observations of a single speaker its usually short and musical.


a song-like poem that tells a story, often one dealing with adventure or romance.


word choice


a word or phrases that appeals to one or more of the senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell, movement)


a comparison using like or as. Ex: "his hair like moldy hay"

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