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Poetry- Basic Terminology

Shannon Weaver

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1.words and phrases that describe the concrete experience of five senses
3.figurative speech that depends on intentional overstatement or exaggeration
6.group of lines in a poem that forms a metrical or thematic unit
10.attributing human qualities to something that is not human
11.comparison of two seemingly unlike things using the words like or as
12.image or symbol that is so common or significant to a culture that it seems to have universal importance
13.regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables, each repeated unit of which is called a foot
14.comparison of two things that seem at first dissimilar
2.repetition of initial sounds in a series of words
3.a Japanese poem in three lines, of 5, 7, and 5 syllables
4.lines of unrhymed iambic pentameter in no particular stanzaic form
5.phrase combining two seemingly incompatible elements
7.repetition of vowel sounds in a series of words
8.reference, often to literature, history, mythology, or the Bible, that is unacknowledged in the text but that the author expects the reader to recognize
9.word whose sound resembles what it describes (snap, crackle, pop)
11.fourteen line poem following a strict rhyming scheme

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