Rhyme Scheme

The pattern or sequence in which end rhyme occurs throughout a poem. The first end sound is represented with an "a," the second end sound is represented with a "b," and so on. When the first sound is repeated at the end of another line within the poem, it is also designated as "a."

Lyric Poetry

poetry that does not tell a story but is only intended to express the speaker's (the writer's)emotions


a song or poem that tells a story


language that appeals to the senses

Free Verse

Poetry that does not have a regular meter or rhyme scheme


a group of lines in a poem


comparison of two unlike things using the verb "to be" and not using like or as as in a simile.


a verse form consisting of 14 lines with a fixed rhyme scheme


a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons.


the repetition of sounds at the ends of words


A figure of speech in which an animal, an object, or an idea is given human form or characteristics


Figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things, using a word such as like, as, resembles or than


The use of a word whose sound imitates or suggest its meaning.


use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse


a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor


reappearance of a word or phrase in a stanza structure


line of poetry

Please allow access to your computer’s microphone to use Voice Recording.

Having trouble? Click here for help.

We can’t access your microphone!

Click the icon above to update your browser permissions above and try again


Reload the page to try again!


Press Cmd-0 to reset your zoom

Press Ctrl-0 to reset your zoom

It looks like your browser might be zoomed in or out. Your browser needs to be zoomed to a normal size to record audio.

Please upgrade Flash or install Chrome
to use Voice Recording.

For more help, see our troubleshooting page.

Your microphone is muted

For help fixing this issue, see this FAQ.

Star this term

You can study starred terms together

NEW! Voice Recording