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Poetry Terms

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on 5 January 2016

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Transcript of Poetry Terms

Poetry Vocabulary
Form
Definition: the rules of the poem; how a poem is laid out

Example: haiku, sonnet, limerick
Haiku:
Poetry is fun
So is Greek Mythology
Language Arts 1 rocks!
Limerick:
There was a man from Knoxville
Who said, "I can't pay my bill!"
He ran far away
On a sunny day
To give the police a thrill.
Stanza
Definition: similar to a paragraph in an essay

Example: "Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky..."
Internal Rhyme
Definition: rhyming words within a line

Example: The true blue hue of his shoe
End Rhyme
Definition: rhyming words at the end of lines

Example: Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet,
And so are you!
Audio Rhyme
Definition: words that don't look like they rhyme, but they do

Examples:
summer/plumber
day/weigh
Rhyme
Visual Rhyme
Definition: words that look like they should rhyme, but don't

Example: slaughter/laughter
cough/rough/through/though
Assonance
Definition: repetition of vowel sounds

Example: ship distress live
Consonance
Definition: repetition of consonant sounds in the middle or at the end of words

Example: knick-knack patty-whack
Onomatopoeia
Definition: words that sound like what they're referring to

Examples: meow, buzz
Imagery
Definition: language that appeals to the reader's senses

Examples: The cold air blew through my hair and I caught a whiff of freshly baked apple pie.
Metaphor
Definition: directly compares two unlike objects

Example: Love is a battlefield.
Simile
Definition: Compares two unlike objects using "like" or "as"

Example: "Life is like a box of chocolates."
Lines
Definition: Similar to a sentence in an essay

Numbered every 5th one

Example: "Up above the world so high..."
Alliteration
Definition: Repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words

Example: She sells seashells by the seashore.
Forced Rhyme
Definition: An unnatural rhyme that forces a rhyme where it should not otherwise be.

Example: Baby, you're a
firework
Come on, show 'em what you're
worth
Speaker
Definition: Who is telling the poem

Example: similar to a narrator
Personification
Definition: Gives human-like characteristics to inanimate objects

Example: "The shadow of the day will embrace the world in gray..."
Rhyme Scheme
Definition: the pattern of a poem; how it rhymes

Labeled using the letters of the alphabet
Idiom
Definition: a common phrase that cannot be interpreted in the literal sense

Examples: This is where I draw the line.

Break a leg!
Hyperbole
Definition: an exaggeration

Examples: I'm so hungry I could eat a horse!

I've told you a million times...
Hyperbole
Definition: an exaggeration

Examples: I'm so hungry I could eat a horse!

I've told you a million times...
Symbolism
Definition: an exaggeration

Examples: I'm so hungry I could eat a horse!

I've told you a million times...
Definition:

Examples: I'm so hungry I could eat a horse!

I've told you a million times...
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