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Transcript of Poetry Terms
the repetition of consonants in words and phrases:
For example: she sells sea shells on the sea shore.
the repetition of vowel sounds in words and phrases:
For example: Moses supposes his toses are roses.
a line of poetry made up of ten syllables:
For example: Is / this / the / face / that / launched / a / thou / sand / ships?
unrhymed poetry written in iambic pentameter:
Me / and / my / friend / went / to / have / an / ice / cream
We / sat / down / under / neath / an / um / bre / la
two words made up of two already existing words. They are often used to shorten the descriptions:
For example: cupboard, teacup, highchair.
two lines of poetry.. A
are two lines of poetry which rhyme.
For example: I love you, you love me
We're a happy family
a line in which the meaning continues with no punctuation into the following line or stanza.
For example: rowing underneath the diamond patterned sky
he threw the body bag into the silent lake
poetry which seems to have no set pattern, stanzas or ryhme.
the shape or pattern in which a poem is written.
the descriptive language used by a writer to paint a picture.
It refers to visual images: colours and shapes.
a comparison: saying one thing is another.
For example: That guy is a pig! He east everything!
a regular rhythm: a metric verse. The measuring of poetry by counting stressed syllables.
words which describe sounds and also sound like the sound they describe:
For example: splash, howl, screech.
the joining of ideas which are completely opposite each other:
For example: A well-known secret-agent.
when objects are given human characteristics:
For example: the walls have ears / death knocked at the door.
four lines of poetry.
the pattern of rhyme in a poetry:
For example: a b a b c d c d.
The movement of language in poetry.
A comparison between two things. Very often the words used are 'like' or 'as'.
For example: As slow as a turtle, he ran like the wind.
a poem of fourteen lines written in iambic pentameter.
The main, central idea or message the written is trying to get across. It can be a hidden theme:
For example: a poet writing about a crashing destroyed car may mean the destroyed hopes of someone.
When a word or phrase bring other ideas to mind. The meaning of the words of phrases are very often determined by the context:
For example: rose = love, flag = country, sun = life/energy.
The attitude the poet has towards the subject of the poem. He can be angry, sad, bitter and so on.