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Poetry Terms

8th grade Test study guide

TermDefinition
Alliteration the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words
Connotation an idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning.
Couplet two lines of verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme, that form a unit.
Denotation the literal or primary meaning of a word, in contrast to the feelings or ideas that the word suggests.
Fixed Form A poem that may be categorized by the pattern of its lines, meter, rhythm, or stanzas.
Free Verse poetry that does not rhyme or have a regular meter
Hyperbole exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally
Imagery visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work.
Metaphor a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.
Meter the rhythm of a piece of poetry, determined by the number and length of feet in a line.
Onomatopoeia the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named
Repetition the action of repeating something that has already been said or written
Rhyme A rhyme is a repetition of similar sounds in the final stressed syllables of two or more words.
Rhyme Scheme the ordered pattern of rhymes at the ends of the lines of a poem or verse.
Rhythm the ordered pattern of rhymes at the ends of the lines of a poem or verse.
Simile a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid (e.g., as brave as a lion, crazy like a fox ).
Stanza a group of lines forming the basic recurring metrical unit in a poem; a verse
Theme the subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person's thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic.
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