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Poetry Definitions

Joshua S.

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form Dictionary meanings of words
irony "have" and "wave"
onomatopoeia A group of three lines within a stanza or poem
connotation Poetry that has no regular rythmic pattern
lyric Unrhymed, five-stressed lines; the way Shakespeare's plays are written
hyperbole A type of poetry that is a personal statement evoking a mood or expressing a certain feeling
figurative language Non-literal expressions used to convey ideas and feelings more vividly
rhythm The poet's attitude
alliteration kind of figurative language that involves exaggeration
rhyme scheme A pause in a line of poetry
rhyme The feelings evoked by the words and images used in a poem
synecdoche "hiss" or "murmur"
quatrain The moon walked silently into the sky to kill the sun
stress A poetic form that celebrates the world of shepherds
assonance Dante's "Divine Comdey" and Milton's "Paradise Lost"
personification The prominence or emphasis given to certain words
tercet Two lines of poetry whose ending words rhyme
metre The sun toils like a fisherman
epic A figure of speech where a part is used for a whole, an individual for a class, or the reverse of these
stanza The cat in the hat comes abck
couplet The obvious meaning of a phrase or passage is different from the meaning it is really intended to convey
denotation The regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables that we hear over several lines of poetry
pastoral lines in which the meaning leads you to run swiftly beyond the end of the line and into the next line to complete the syntax and the sense
imagery A fourline stanza
sonnet Like the closing of some aweful book, a too-long story
epic simile The appearance of a poem on the page or a reference to the structure of the poem
simile A formal poem lamenting the death of a person
eye rhyme Vivid description of an object or scene
elegy The recurrence of groups of stressed and unstressed syllables in lines of poetry
free verse A group of lines forming a division of a poem
mood Strike a match against the cloud's brown rump
caesura A form of poetry that always has fourteen lines
run-on lines Secondary meanings of words
blank verse A comparison extending over many lines, in which the object is described at great length
metaphor Good Girl Gone Bad

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