English 10 Poetic Terms

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Ballad
a song, transmitted orally from generation to generation, that tells a story and that eventually is written down
Blank Verse
unrhymed iambic pentamiter
Free Verse
characterized by their noncomformity to establish patterns of meter, rhyme, and stanza
Lyric
a type of brief poem that expresses the personal emotions and thoughts of a single speaker
Refrain
a line or lines repeated at intervals during a poem, usually at the end of each stanza
Sonnet
a fixed form of lyric poetry that consists of fourteen lines, usually written in iambic pentameter
Stanza
refers to a grouping of lines, set off by a space, that usually has a set pattern of meter and rhyme