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the repetition at close intervals of the initial consonant sounds of accented syllables or important words; important words and accented syllables beginning with vowels may also be said to alliterate with each other inasmuch as they all have the same lack of an initial consonant sound
a figure of speech in which someone absent or dead or something nonhuman is addressed as if it were alive and present and could reply
a term for words in a rhyming pattern that have some kind of sound correspondence but are not perfect rhymes
the repetition at close intervals of the vowel sounds of accented syllables or important words
the repetition at close intervals of the final consonant sounds of accented syllables or important words
that form of a poem in which the lines follow each other without formal grouping, the only breaks being dictated by units of meaning
a sonnet rhyming ababcdcdefefgg; ideally parallels the rhymes scheme and falls into three coordinate quatrains and a concluding couplet
a figure of speech sustained or developed through a considerable number of lines or through a whole poem
a rhyme in which the repeated accented vowels is in either the second or third last syllable of the words involved
language employing figures of speech; language that cannot be taken literally or only literally
any form of poem in which the length and pattern are prescribed by previous usage or tradition
the basic unit used in the scansion or measurement of metrical verse; usually contains one accented syllable and one or two unaccented syllables
nonmetrical poetry in which the basic rhythmic unit is the line, and in which pauses, line breaks, and formal patterns develop organically from the requirements of the individual poem rather than from established poetic forms
A lyric poem of some length, usually of a serious or meditative nature and having an elevated style and formal stanzaic structure
A sonnet consisting of an octave rhyming abbaabba and of a sestet using any arrangement of two or three additional rhymes, such as cdcdcd or cdecde
a rhyme in which the repeated accented vowel sound is in the final syllable of the words involved
a figure of speech in which an implicit comparison is made between two things essentially unlike
the regular patterns of accent that underlie metrical verse; the measurable repetition of accented and unaccented syllables in poetry
a figure of speech in which some significant aspect of detail of an experience is used to represent the whole experience.
an eight-line stanza; the first eight lines of a sonnet, especially one structured in the manner of an Italian sonnet
a figure of speech in which human attributes are given to an animal, and object, or a concept
usually short composition having the intentions of poetry but written in prose rather than verse
a repeated word, phrase, line, or group of lines, normally at some fixed position in a poem written in stanzaic form
a natural pause, unmarked by punctuation, introduced into the reading of a line by its phrasing or syntax
in natural speech, as in prose and poetic writing, the stressing of words or syllables so as to emphasize meaning and sentence structure
a line which has no natural speech pause at its end, allowing the sense to flow uninterruptedly into the succeeding line
a kind of literature that ridicules human folly or vice with the ostensible purpose of bringing about reform or of keeping other from falling into similar folly or vice
the process of measuring metrical verse, that is, of marking accented and unaccented syllables, dividing the lines into feet, identifying the metrical pattern, and noting significant variations from that pattern
a figure of speech in which an explicit comparison is made between two things essentially unlike
a fixed form of fourteen lines, normally iambic pentameter, with a rhyme scheme conforming to or approximating one of two main types - the Italian or the English
a group of lines whose metrical pattern (and usually its rhyme scheme as well) is repeated throughout a poem
a figure of speech in which something (object, person, situation, or action) means more than what it is; may be read both literally and metaphorically
the writer's or speaker's attitude toward the subject, the audience, or herself or himself; the emotional coloring, or emotional meaning, of a work
a figure of speech that consists of saying less than one means, or of saying what one means with less force than the occasion warrants
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