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Poetry Unit Vocabulary Words

poetry vocabulary words
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alliteration
the repetition of consonant sounds, most often at the beginning of words
audience
the type of reader for whom a literary work is intended
comparison
the similarity between two things
contrast
the difference between two things
concrete poem
a poem shaped to look like its subject
end-stopped line
in poetry a line in which a pause occurs naturally at the end of a line
run-on line
a line in poetry in which the meaning continues beyond the line
figurative language
imaginative language used for descriptive effect and not meant to be taken as the literal truth
simile
a figure of speech that uses the words LIKE or AS to directly compare two seemingly unlike things (her hair was like moldy hay)
metaphor
a figure of speech that compares or equates two basically different things (ribbon of highway)
image
a picture or likeness that is created with words
imagery
language that appeals to the senses
limerick
a humorous five line poem that follows a specific form: 3 long lines (1,2,5) and 2 short lines (3,4) that rhyme
haiku
a three line poem usually on the subject of nature with five syllables each in lines 1 and 3 and seven syllables in line 2.
lyric poem
a poem that expresses a personal thought or emotion most lyric poems are short and present vivid images
narrative poem
a poem that tells a story
onomatopoeia
the use of a word or phrase that imitates or suggests the sound of what it describes
poetry
imaginative writing in which language, images, sound, and rhythm combine to create a special effect
repetition
the repeated use of sounds, words, phrases, or lines used to emphasize an idea
refrain
in some songs and poems a line or group of lines repeated at regular intervals
rhyme
a repetition of the same or similar sounds in words that appear near each other in a poem
stanza
a group of lines forming a unit in a poem
cinquain
a five line poem using nouns, adjectives, and verbs