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Poetry Terminology

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Lauren Cockrell

on 14 March 2012

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Transcript of Poetry Terminology

What is poetry? Rhythm & Meter Ballads Lyric Narrative Epic Poetry Dramatic Monologues "If I read a book and it makes my body so cold no fire ever can warm me, I know that is poetry." - Emily Dickinson "...the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings..." - Wordsworth rhyme scheme lines lines rhythm & meter characteristics characteristics Sonnets free verse Rhyme end rhyme: rhyme that occurs at the end of lines; determines rhyme scheme internal rhyme:
occurs within a line of poetry;
"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary"

slant rhyme:
imperfect rhyme the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in poetry length stanzas stanzas stanzas stanzas stanzas stanzas Take a moment to consider your
personal definition of poetry.
How would you describe it? What the poet says has never been said before, but, once he has said it, his readers recognize its validity for themselves.
- W.H. Auden length characteristics A narrative poem about a brave hero going on adventures. length, rhyme, rhythm, & meter vary by author The speaker's in Browning's monologues typically reveal something about their character unintentionally. Monologues that have been excerpted from a Shakespearean play will be written in blank verse. rules Tells a story Expresses personal feelings & emotions A form of literature in which language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to its literal meaning theme symbolism figurative language aesthetic:
having a sense of beauty;
relating to a sense of beauty characteristics forms the measure (count) of stressed and unstressed syllables in poetry Know and use appropriate literary terms to derive meaning and comprehension from various literary genres.
Recognize and identify the characteristics of lyric poetry, blank verse, free verse, epics, sonnets, dramatic poetry, and ballads. Standards & Objectives: Remember: Narrator tells a story. Narrative poems do, too! Directions:

As a group, follow the steps provided on the sonnet explication handout. Each person should fill out his/her own sheet.
You may need to read your selected sonnet several times to complete the exercise.
Then, complete the second sonnet explication individually using a different sonnet in the packet.

an idea that is developed throughout a literary work similes, metaphors, hyperbole,
personification, onomatopoeia representing things by symbols, or investing things with a symbolic meaning or character. A symbol is an object, action, or idea that represents something other than itself, often of a more abstract nature. Style: Lyric
14 Lines Long Petrarchan:
Lines 1-8 = Octave
Lines 9-14 = Sestet
ABBAABBA = Octave Rhyme Scheme
Turn usually occurs at line 9

Lines 1-12 = 3 Quatrains
Lines 13-14 = Couplet
Turn usually occurs at line 13 "Turn" / Volta:
A shift in the poem
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