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Poetry terms

TermDefinition
alliteration Use of the same consonant at the beginning of each word.
allusion Passing reference or indirect mention.
apostrophe Address to an absent or imaginary person.
assonance The repetition of similar vowels in successive verbs.
caesura A break or pause in the middle of a verse line.
consonance The repetition of sounds especially at the ends of words.
couplet A stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse.
enjambment Continuation from one line of verse into the next line.
hyperbole extravagant exaggeration.
Internal Rhyme A rhyme between words in the same line.
litotes Understatement for rhetorical effect.
Metaphor A figure of speech that suggests a non-literal similarity.
octave A rhythmic group of eight lines a verse.
onomatopoeia Using words that imitate the sound they denote.
paradox A statement that contradicts itself.
personification Attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas.
Anapest A metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed-stressed syllables.
dactyl A metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables.
spondee A metrical unit with stressed-stressed syllables.
trochee A metrical unit with stressed-unstressed syllables.
iamb A metrical unit with unstressed-stressed syllables.
sestet A group of six lines of verse.
simile A figure of speech expressing a resemblance between things.
synaesthesia A sensation that normally occurs in one sense modality occurs when another modality is stimulated.
Created by: Jessdinm