Practical Writing Poetry Terms
A comparison without using like or as
A comparison using like or as.
1. attributing human qualities to something non-human, 2. acting as an example of
the use of words that imitate the sounds they make (i.e. buzz, sizzle, hiss, gurgle)
Description that appeals to the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste)
Identical or very similar recurring final sounds in words usually at the end of lines of a poem.
Repetition of initial consonant sounds (Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers)
An extreme exaggeration
Repetition of similar vowel sounds, but NOT rhyme (alone, cord, sonar) the long "o" sound is repeated.
Repetition of a consonant sound within two or more words in close proximity. (anthem, barn, anybody...the "n" is repeated
A fairly short narrative poem written in a song-like stanza form that usually tells a story
14 line poem; following a specific rhyme scheme and structure
a poem that does not tell a story but expresses the personal feelings or thoughts of the speaker. A ballad tells a story.
Poetry that does not have a regular meter or rhyme scheme
A regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry...the rhythm.
A long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds (ex: The Odyssey)
Feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for the reader
An attitude a writer takes toward a subject
A message about life or human nature that the writer shares with the reader.
An arrangement of words in verse. It sometimes rhymes, and expresses facts, emotions, or ideas in a style more concentrated, imaginative and powerful than that of ordinary speech.
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