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English Poetry terms

figurative languages language that is not meant to be taken literally and is used to express ideas and images in vivid and imaginative ways by associating them to other things
simile compares two unlike things using "like" or "as"
metaphor compares two unlike things without using "like" or "as". Something is described very directly as though it were something else
personification a metaphor in which an inanimate object is given the characteristics of a living thing
hyperbole uses exaggeration for effect and is not meant to be taken literally
alliteration the repetition of initial consonant sounds to imitate a sound or to create a rhythmic effect.
onomatopoeia the use of words that imitate sounds - hiss, buzz, ring, crash, splash
foot a group of stresses in a rhythmic poem
quatrain 4 line stanza
blank verse poetry written with a definite rhythm, but no rhyme
lyric poem a poem expressing a poets personal thoughts and feelings, often in a vivid and musical language
sonnet a 14 line poem in iambic pentameter
Created by: kschool