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Poetry Terms

Poetry terms from Middle School McDougal-Littell Stack #116667

form the way a poem looks on the page, its shape
lines arrangement of words in a poem, may or may not be sentences
stanza group of lines arranged together, similar to the paragraph in prose
free verse poems without pattern or stanza, often like a conversation
rhyme sounds that are alike at the end of words
rhythm the beat of a poem, made of patterns of accented and un-accented syllables
repetition the repeating of sounds, words, phrases, or lines for an effect
imagery words and phrases that appeal to the five senses - sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch
figurative language words and phrases that help readers picture things in new ways
simile comparison of two things using the words "like" or "as"
metaphor a direct comparison of two unlike things, without "like" or "as"
personification a description of an animal or object as if it were human or had human qualities
speaker the voice that talks to the reader, similar to narrator
theme the message the poet gives the reader
alliteration repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words
onomatopoeia use of words whose sounds suggest their meaning
meter measured pattern of the rhythm of a poem
mood feeling a poem gives the reader
tone the poet's attitude or approach to the subject; shows in the poem