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Poetry Terms LCS

Poetry Terms

TermDefinition
acrostic a poem which certain letters in each line form word.
Alliteration The repetition of the same sounds at the beginning of words
Assonance The repetition of the sound of a vowel or diphthong in non rhyming stressed syllables near enough to each other for the echo to be discernible
Ballad A poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas
Blank verse Bars without rhyme especially that which uses iambic pentameter
Close rhyme Two rhyming words that are consecutive or very close together in a phrase or line
Couplet Two lines of verse usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme that form a unit
Elegy A poem of serious reflection typically a lament for the Dead
Epic A long poem typically one derives from ancient oral tradition narrating the deeds and Adventures of heroic or legendary figures for the history of a Nation
Foot A group of two or three syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
Haiku A Japanese poem of Seventeen syllables in three lines of five seven and five traditionally evoking images of the natural world
Lamb A metrical foot consisting of one short or unstressed syllable followed by one long or stressed syllable
Internal rhyme A rhyme involving a word in the middle of a line and another at the end of the line or in the middle of the next
Limerick A humorous frequently bawdy verse of 3 long and two short lines rhyming aabba
Line A basic structural component of a poem
Lyric Expressing the writers and motions usually briefly and in stanzas or recognized forms
Meter the regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables that make up a line of poetry and gives rhythm and regularity to a poem
Onomatopoeia The formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named
Poem A piece of writing that partakes of the nature of both speech and song that is nearly rhythmical usually metaphorical and often exhibit such formal element as meter rhyme and stanzaic structure
Poet a person who writes poems
Refrain a phrase or verse recurring at intervals in a song or poem, especially at the end of each stanza, chorus
Repetition a literary device that repeats the same words or phrases a few times to make an idea clearer
Rhyme correspondence of sound between words o the endings of words, especially when these are used at the ends of lines of poetry
Stanza a group of lines forming the basic recurring metrical unit in a poem, verse
Verse writing arranged with a metrical rhythm, tyically having a rhyme
 

 



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