32 of 64 literary terms to know for poetry and beyond
the repetition of initial consonant sounds
rhythm as given by division into parts of equal time
a reference to another work of literature, person, or event
a unit of poetic meter (usually one stressed and one or two unstressed syllables). These terms are used for the metric feet and line lengths most common in English poetry:
unclearness because of having more than one meaning
the feeling created in a reader by a literary work or passage
preceding events or circumstances that influence what comes later.
The person telling the story
A recurring symbol, character, found in myth and literature across different cultures and eras.
a poem usually addressed to a particular person, object, or event that has stimulated deep and noble feelings in the poet
Repetition of a vowel sound within two or more words in close proximity
a word that imitates the sound it represents
express the same message in different words
a comparison of two different things that are similar in some way
a decrease or reduction of size
a verse form consisting of 14 lines with a fixed rhyme scheme
the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.
a song or songlike poem that tells a story
the sequence of events in a story or poem
a short poem consisting of five, usually unrhymed lines containing, respectively, two, four, six, eight, and two syllables.
a stanza or poem of four lines, usually with alternate rhymes
the feelings or emotions surrounding a word
the repeated use of the same word or word pattern as a rhetorical device
the repetition of consonants (or consonant patterns) especially at the ends of words
be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable
Two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme.
the pattern of rhyme in a poem
The dictionary definition of a word
the use of words to create pictures in the reader's mind; using the 5 senses
a writer's or speaker's choice of words
a figure of speech that makes a direct comparison between two unlike subjects using like or as
a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing