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Poetic Terms

Terms For Poetic Uses

poetic form The type of poem it is categorized under. poets.org
meter It's the rhythm of the poem through syllables or accents. (the internet)
rhythm A strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound.
imagery The formation of images when you read. It is a figurative description. Source Dictionary.com
onomatopoeia The naming of a thing or action by a vocal of the sound associated with it.
setting When and where the story takes place.
speaker Speaker is the voice behind the poem or the character we imagine is in the poem. (internet)
theme central idea or ideas explored by a literary work, the message from the reading of the poem (fictionwriting.about.com)
alliteration The repetition of the same sounds or the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of the words (dictionary.com)
allusion the act of making a casual or indirect refrence to something. (Dictionary.com)
personification the attribution of human nature or character to animals, inanimate objects, or abstract notions, especially as a rhetorical figure.
assonance in poetry, the repetition of the sound of a vowel or diphthong in nonrhyming stressed syllables near enough to each other for the echo to be discemible.
consonance When you repeat a consonant sounds with verses or phrases (Wikipedia) (Yahoo! Voice)
smilie Comparing two unlike things using like or as.
metaphor Comparing two things without using like or as.
caesura A pause for dramatic affect in poem, or breaks up monotounous rythym and is shown by two two lines seperating the sentence. It is also used in music for pauses, usually one beat or as long as conducter would want.
couplet A couplet consists of two lines that make up a verse. A couplet is basically to lines that ryhme.
end rhyme a rhyme that occurs in the last syllables of verses
internal rhyme a rhyme that occures in the middle of a line and the end of the next line
enjambment the continuation of a sentence without a pause
hyperbole An exaggerated statement or claim not meant to be taken literally.
mood Used to make an audience feel an emotion from text,sound or visuals.
tone the attitude that is being expressed by the poem.
symbolism use of symbols to represent qualities or ideas. A person, place, word, or object have symbolic meaning.
antithesis The exact opposite of something or someone.
point of view the narrators view or the person who is talking view (Wikipedia)
Stanza Arrangment of certain lines, usually four or more, forming a division of a poem.
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