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Here are the terms we need to know for the quiz on Monday!


the "voice" in a poem, who or what is speaking; it may be the poet or a character created by the poet, perhaps even an animal or thing


the writers choice of words, particularly for clarity, effectiveness, or precision


pictures created in the reader's mind; language that appeals to the senses (sight, sound, taste, smell,touch,) to help the reader feel and see what is described in the poem

Figurative Language

Language that shows comparisons; it is not intended to be interpreted in the literal sense

Sound Patterns

the sounds of words used to create the "music" of the poem
alliteration: the repetition of consonant sounds onomatopoeia: when a word sounds like


the structural organization of a poem


the poems attitude toward the subject expressed in the poem (look at diction and imagery to help detect this attitude)


two things are compared using "like" or "as"


two things are compared by saying something is something else


human characteristics are given to something not human


the repetition of consonant sounds


when a word sounds like what it is


the repetition of vowel sounds

Rhyme Scheme

the pattern of end rhymes


a repeated phrase used throughout the poem


the pattern of accented and unaccented beats


a group of lines in a poem


repetition of similar sounds in two or more words and is most often used in poetry and songs

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