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Mod Poets Lit Terms

Alliteration recurrence of initial consonant sounds
Allusion short, informal reference to famous person or event
Analogy comparison of two things to explain or clarify an unfamiliar or difficult idea
Anaphora repetition of the same word or words at the beginning of successive phrases
Apostrophe interrupts the discussion and addresses a person or personified thing
Appositive noun that describes or defines another noun
Assonance similar vowel sounds
Epithet Adjective that qualifies a subject by naming a key characteristic of the subject
Transferred epithet adjective modifying a noun it doesn't normally modify
Hyperbole deliberately exaggerated conditions for emphasis or effect
Onomatopoeia word that imitates the sound it describes
Oxymoron paradox reduced to two words, usually an adjective-noun combination
Meter the rhythm of a poem
Metrical foot one sequence of syllables that makes up meter
Iamb type of metrical foot; unstressed, stressed (Ex. before)
Trochee type of metrical foot; stressed, unstressed (Ex. over)
Anapest type of metrical foot; unstressed, unstressed, stressed (Ex. seventeen)
Dactyl type of metrical foot; stressed, unstressed, unstressed (Ex. lollipop)
Spondee type of metrical foot; stressed, stressed (Ex. hemlock)
Free verse a term coined by Imagists; poetry characterized by no set rhythm or meter
End rhyme rhyming words that occur at the end of two lines of poetry
Internal rhyme rhyming words that occur within the same line of poetry
Exact rhyme rhyming words that have precisely the same ending sounds.
Approximate rhyme rhyming words that have close ending sounds but that do not match perfectly. Also called half rhyme, slant rhyme, and imperfect rhyme
TPFASTT a step-by-step strategy used to analyze poetry
Created by: Alicia Howell



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