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Poetry terms

Acrostic poem a poem, word puzzle, or other composition in which certain letters in each line form a word or words.
Alliteration Repetition of initial consonant sounds
Assonance Repetition of similar vowel sounds
Ballad A poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas
Blank verse verse 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 consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme
elegy a poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead.
epic A long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
Foot A metrical unit composed of stressed and unstressed syllables.
Haiku A Japanese form of poetry, consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables
Iamb unaccented and short syllables, followed by a long and accented syllable in a single line of a poem
internal rhyme rhyme that occurs within a line, rather than at the end
Limerick a kind of humorous verse of five lines, in which the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines, which are shorter, form a rhymed couplet
Line a unit of language into which a poem or play is divided
lyric expressing the writer's emotions, usually briefly and in stanzas or recognized forms.
meter A regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry
Onomatopoeia A word that imitates the sound it represents.
poem a piece of writing that partakes of the nature of both speech and song that is nearly always rhythmical
poet The author of the poem
refrain A line or set of lines repeated several times over the course of a poem.
repetition Repeated use of sounds, words, or ideas for effect and emphasis
rhyme Repetition of sounds at the end of words
stanza A group of lines in a poem
verse writing arranged with a metrical rhythm, typically having a rhyme
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