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Poetry Terms

alliteration repetition of the initial consonant sounds (peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers)**alliteration is a TYPE of consonance**
assonance The repetition or a pattern of similar sounds, especially vowel sounds
blank verse Poetry that is written in unrhymed iambic pentameter. Shakespeare wrote most of his plays in blank verse.
consonance The repetition of similar consonant sounds, especially at the ends of words, as in lost and past or confess and dismiss.
denotation the literal meaning of the word
onomatopoeia words that imitate the sounds they describe**boom**moo**cock a doodle do**whoosh
enjambment The continuation of a complete idea (a sentence or clause) from one line or couplet of a poem to the next line or couplet without a pause.“I think that I shall never see/A poem as lovely as a tree.”
personification giving human qualities to inanimate objects
simile a comparison using like or as
stanza a division or unit of a poem (like a paragraph or chapter)
free verse poetry without a regular rhyme pattern
connotation figurative meaning of the word
diction the selection of words in a literary work
rhythm the beat of the poem
syntax the order of the words in a sentence or line(think EE cummings-eddieandbill)
tone attitude of the writer
iambic pentameter •Ten syllables in each line•Five pairs of alternating unstressed and stressed syllables •The rhythm in each line sounds like: ba-BUM / ba-BUM / ba-BUM / ba-BUM / ba-BUM
slant rhyme half rhyme
consonance repetition of consonant sounds
Created by: EMerrick



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