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Poetry Terms

figures of speech, sounds of language & other poetic elements

QuestionAnswer
simile using like or as to compare 2 unlike things
metaphor comparison of 2 unlike things; creates a mental picture
personification giving human traits to something not human
hyperbole exaggeration
alliteration repetition of consonant sound; usually at the beginnings of words
rhyme ends of words that sound alike
end rhyme end of lines that rhyme
internal rhyme words that rhyme within a line
near rhyme words that look like they might rhyme but don't
rhythm a pattern of stressed & unstressed beats
regular rhythm a steady beat
free verse syllables arranged freely
repetition repeating of words, phrases, or even punctuation; done so for emphasis
rhyme scheme letters of the alphabet used to chart rhyme
haiku 3-line poem of 5-7-5 syllables
narrative poem poem that tells a story
lines groups of words in poetry
stanza group of lines in poetry
concrete poem lines of poetry arranged to depict the topic
allusion reference to the Bible, literature, history, mythology, or anything outside the writing the writer expects the reader to know
Created by: saltandlight