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JFK Poetry Terms

Poetry terminology

ALLITERATION The repetition of consonant sounds, especially at the beginning of words.
ANTONYM Words that are opposite in meaning
ASSONANCE The repetition of similar vowel sounds in a sentence or line of poetry
CONNOTATION The personal or emotional association called up by a word that go beyond its dictionary meaning.
DENOTATION The dictionary meaning of a word
FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE A form of language use in which writers and speakers mean something other than the literal meaning of the word
FORM The arrangement, manner, or method used to convey the content, such as free verse, limmerick, or haiku.
FREE VERSE: Poetry without a regular pattern of meter or rhyme
HOMONYM Two or more distinct words with the same pronunciation and spelling but two different meanings
HOMOPHONE Two or more words with the same pronunciation but with different meaning and spellings.
HYPERBOLE An exaggeration of the truth.
IMAGE A concrete representation of a sense impression, a feeling, or an idea.
IMAGERY Figurative language used to create particular mental images.
METAPHOR An association of two completely different objects as being the same thing.
METER The measured pattern of rhythmic accents in poems.
RHYME The matching of final vowel or consonant sounds in two or more words.
RHYTHM The recurrence of accent or stress in lines of verse.
SETTING The time and place of a literary work that established its context.
SIMILE A figure of speech invoking a comparison between unlike things using "like," "as," or "as though."
STRUCTURE The design or form or a literary work.
SYMBOL An object or action in a literary work that means more than itself, that stands for something beyond itself.
SYNONYM A word or words that have the same or nearly the same meaning.
TONE The implied attitude of a writer (or speaker) toward the subject and characters of a work.
Created by: Apellegrini7