Key poetry terminology

A2 Level English Literature poetry key terminology for exams/revision.

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Alliteration

The repetition of a consonant sound.

(everything but vowels) 

B, C, D, F, G, H, J etc.

“She sells sea-shells down by the sea-shore”

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Ambiguity

Where language used has more than one possible meaning.

"I can't recommend this book too highly."

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Antithesis

Where phrases are contrasted. 

Antithesis is a contrary or opposite opinion, concept, or characteristic.

"We will win this game. We will not lose."

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Audience

The readers the writer has in mind.

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Blank Verse

Unrhymed verse, usually written in Iambic Pentameters. Blank verse is often unobtrusive and the iambic pentameter form often resembles the rhythms of ordinary speech. William Shakespeare wrote most of his plays in blank verse.

"What is the boy now, who has lost his ball,
What, what is he to do? I saw it go
Merrily bouncing, down the street, and then
Merrily over-there it is in the water!"

The Ball Poem by John Berryman

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Declarative sentence

A sentence that makes a statement. 

"You smell."

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Dialect

A variety of a particular language; distinctive accent. 

"Cha' now man."

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Comments

Jessica

did you get bored when you got to D? :P 

Jessica

did you get bored when you got to D? :P 

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