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Poetic Vocabulary

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lyricpoem 4 lines of a poem considered as a unit
personification long lyric poem in dignified language about a serious subject
figureofspeech a word or phrase that describes one thing in terms of something else and is not meant to be taken literally
allusion reference to someone or something that is known from some other branch of culture
freeverse 14 line poem usually in iambic pentameter
hyperbole figure of speech that makes a comparison between 2 unlike things without "like," "as," etc.
refrain use of language to evoke a picture or concrete experience
sonnet a word, phrase, line, or group of lines repeated several times in a poem
ballad the alternation of stressed and unstressed syllables in language
quatrain associations and emotions that have become attached to a word or phrase in addition to its definition
imagery Figure of speech that makes an explicit comparison between 2 unlike things using "like," "as," etc.
simile poetry that does not conform to a regular meter or rhyme scheme
alliteration repetition of the same or similar consonant sounds
ode expresses feelings and thoughts of the speaker instead of telling a story
metaphor figure of speech that uses incredible exaggeration for effect
rhythm repetition of vowel sounds in accented syllables
connotation 2 consecutive rhyming lines
couplet song or poem that tells a story
rhyme speaker or writer's choice of words
blankverse figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human thoughts, feelings, etc.
diction poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter
meter pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a poem
onomatopoeia word whose sound imitates its meaning

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