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20 terms

beginning terms for reading poems

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stanza
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iambic pentameter
5 iams -duh-dum- [serious, formal]
iambic tetrameter
4 iams [light, happy, musical]
couplet
2 rhyming lines
quatrain
4 rhyming lines
octave
8 rhyming lines
enjambment
line cannot make sense as a sentence unless you keep reading to the next line
end-stopping
the thought so far could make sense as a sentence
diction
word choice
syntax
sentence structure
denotation
literal dictionary definition
connotation
emotion or image that the word evokes
cacophony
bad/chaotic sounds
euphony
pleasing sounds
speaker
the person who is telling us the story of the poem
alliteration
the same starting sounds
assonance
where the vowels' sounds are the same in each line, but not the consonants'
consonance
consonants' sounds in each line are the same, but not the vowels'
slant rhyme
words sound like they rhyme but they don't exactly
ex: easy | dizzy
true rhyme
words that actually rhyme