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Poetry Terms

Figurative Language in Poetry

Alliteration The repetition of similar sounds, usually consonants or consonant clusters, in a group of words
Allusion A reference in one work of literature to a person, place, or event in another work of literature or in history, art, or music
Assonance The repetition of similar vowel sounds, usually close together, in a group of words
Ballad A story told in verse and usually meant to be sung
Free Verse Poetry that has no fixed meter or pattern and that depends on natural speech
Metaphor comparing two things without using the words like or as
Onomatopoeia The use of a word whose sound in some degree imitates or suggests its meaning
Personification A figure of speech in which an animal, an object, a natural force, or an idea is given personality, or described as if it were human
Repetition The return of a word, phrase, stanza, form, or effect in any form of literature
End Rhyme If the rhyme occurs at the ends of lines
Internal Rhyme If the rhyme occurs within the line
Simile A comparison made between two dissimilar things through the use of a specific word of comparison such as like, as than, or resembles
Stanza Each paragraph of a poem
Haiku A poem with 3 lines. The first and third have 5 syllables, while the second line has 7
Acrostic A word or short message spelled out vertically.
Created by: erichholzshu