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poetry terms

TermDefinition
alliteration use of the same consonant at the beginning of the word
allusion passing reference or indirect mention
apostrophe address to an absent or imaginary person
assonance the repetition of similar
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 rhymes a rhyme between words in the same line
litotes understatement for rhetorical effect
metaphor a figure of speech that suggest a non-literal similarity
octave a rhythmic group of eight lines of 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: SergioA15