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Poetry Terms

A study stack to help you study the elements of poetry terms

TermDefinition
Stanza Groups of lines in a poem
Free Verse A style of poetry that does not have a regular rhythm and sounds more like a conversation
Repetition Repeating sounds, words, phrases, or whole lines
Sensory Detail Imagery that uses words to appeal to the five senses: sight, sound, smell, touch, taste
Simile A comparison of two UNLIKE things that uses the words AS or LIKE
Personification Giving human characteristics to something that is not human like an object or element
Adjective A word that describes a noun
Adverb A word that describes a verb or adjective (usually ending in -ly)
Onomatopoeia A word in which the sound implies its meaning (hint: snap, crackle, pop)
Metaphor A comparison of two UNLIKE things that does not use the words like or as, but instead uses the form of To Be and turns one object into the other
Hyperbole Exaggeration, often extreme and often in the form of a simile, metaphor, or personification
Alliteration Repeating the same consonant over and over throughout a poem.
Assonance Repeating the same vowel sound over and over throughout a poem
Rhythm The pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry or the "beat" of a poem
Created by: mgrodnick