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Poetry Terms

TermDefinition
Alliteration The repetition of initial consonant sounds at the beginning of words.
Mood The feeling that an author wants readers to have while reading
Similie Comparison of two unlike things using the terms "like" or "as"
Connotation The emotional feelings and associations that go beyond the dictionary definition of a word
Symbol Person, place, thing, or event that represents something more than itself in a literary work
Figurative Language Goes beyond the literal meaning of words to create special effects or feelings
Idiom Phrase in common use that can not be understood by literal or ordinary meanings
Imagery Use of language that appeals to the five senses
Onomatopoeia Use of words that sound like the noises they describe
Personification Type of figurative language in which human qualities are given to nonhuman things
Rhyme Repetition of similar sounds at the ends of words
Internal Rhyme Occurs within a line of poetry when two words have similar ending sounds
Rhyme Scheme The regular pattern of rhyme found at the ends of lines in a poem
Rhythm The musical quality created by a pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables
Stanza Group of related lines in a poem, similar to a paragraph in prose
Tone The attitude that an author takes toward the audience, subject, or a character
Structure Refers to a writer's arrangement or overall design of a literary work. It is the way words, sentences, and paragraphs are organized to create a complete work
Parallelism Persuasive technique in which an author creates a BALANCED sentence by re-using the same word structure.
Created by: kelremus