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Poetry Vocabulary

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Verbal Irony
When the author says the opposite of what he/she means
Dramatic Irony
When the audience knows more than a character
Situational Irony
when someone does something that is the opposite of what you'd expect them to do
Alliteration
Repetition of initial consonant sounds
Irony
When a poet says one thing but means another
Turn
A point in a poem when its meaning moves in a new and or/significant direction, or its theme emerges
Allusion
A reference to another literary or historical work, event, person, or place beyond the world of the poem
Connotation
The emotional weight a word carries
Figurative language
Opposite of literal
Free verse
Poetry with irregular rhythm and no rhyme scheme
Hyperbole
Using exaggeration to express strong emotion or comic effect
Imagery
Use of detail to appeal to readers' senses
Denotation
The dictionary definition of a word
Tone
The attitude of the speaker of poet toward the subject of the poem
Lyric Poem
Captures the essence of a person
Metaphor
Comparison of two like things
Narrative Poem
Tells a story
Onomatopoeia
Spelling of natural sounds
Personification
Giving human characteristics to inanimate or inhuman objects
Simile
Comparison of two like things using like or as
Rhythm
The pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables
Symbolism
Use of one thing to represent
Structure
The pattern of organization in the text
Theme
The central message or lesson of a poem