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Poetry Terms Review

Review Poetry Literary Terms

Simile A figure of speech using “like” or “as” to compare seemingly unlike things.
Metaphor A figure of speech that compares or equates seemingly unlike things.
Personification A figure of speech in which an animal, object, or idea is given human form or characteristics.
Alliteration The repetition of consonant sounds usually at the beginning of words or syllables.
Theme A literary work's overall message about life or human nature; can be a moral or lesson.
Rhyme The repetition of sounds at the ends of words that appear close to each other in a poem.
Point of View The relationship of the narrator, or storyteller, to the story.
First Person Point of View A character in the story is the narrator. This character is telling the story. The narrator uses the pronouns "I", "me" and "we".
Second Person Point of View This form is very rarely used in a narrative fashion. The narrator uses the pronoun “you”.
Third Person Point of View The story is being told by an outside observer (someone who is not in the story). The author uses the pronouns "he", "she", and "they".
Lyric The words of a song, usually with a regular rhyme scheme.
Line A subdivision of a poem, specifically a group of words arranged into a row that ends for a reason other than the right-hand margin.
Free Verse Poetry that has no fixed pattern of meter, rhyme, line length, or stanza arrangement.
Meter A regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables that gives a line of poetry a predictable rhythm.
Narrative Verse that tells a story.
Stanza A group of lines forming a unit in a poem. In effect, the paragraph of a poem.
Rhythm The pattern created by the arrangement of stressed and unstressed syllables, especially in poetry. Gives poetry a musical quality that helps convey meaning.
Onomatopoeia The use of a word or a phrase that actually imitates or suggests the sound of what it describes.
Imagery Language that emphasizes sensory impressions to help the reader of a literary work see, hear, feel, smell, and taste the scenes described in the work.
Created by: MissRiisager