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Finney Poem Elements

Poetry Terms and Definitions

form the way a poem looks on the page
lines sentences or groups of words that make up a stanza in a poem
stanza groups of lines in a poem; poetry paragraphs
speaker the voice of a poem
dialect a form of language spoken in a certain place by a certain group of people
idiom a descriptive expression that means something different than the combination of words that make it up
rhyme repetition of similar sounds at the ends of words
rhythm the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in each line; the "beat" of the poem
repetition writing the same sounds, words, phrases, or lines over and over again
alliteration repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words
onomatopoeia the use of words whose sounds suggest their meanings
imagery language that appears to the reader's five senses; picturing the poem in your head as you read
simile comparing things using like or as
metaphor comparing thing without using like or as
analogy comparison between two things that are not similar in order to show ways in which they might be similar
personification giving human qualities to nonhuman things
symbol something that stands for something else
sound the way the reader hears a poem
meter pattern of accented & unaccented syllables; creates the rhythm of the poem
Created by: teacherfinney