Poetry Terminology

1. Consonance

  • A poetic image or metaphor where someone is likened to something else that is seemingly very different
  • The repetition of similar consonant sounds
  • The repetition or a pattern of similar sounds, especially vowels sounds
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2. Enjambment

  • The continuation of a complete idea from one line to the next without a pause
  • Poems composed of either rhymed or unrhymed lines that have no set meter
  • A hidden layer of behind beneath the literal

3. Alliteration

  • Repetition of the 's' sound
  • The repetition of the same or similar sounds at the beginning of words
  • Soft sounds

4. Free verse

  • A type of metrical foot
  • Poems composed of either rhymed or unrhymed lines that have no set meter
  • Any poem with a set rhyme or meter scheme

5. Trope

  • A figure of speech in which two things are compared, usually by saying one thing is another
  • A figure of speech, such as a metaphor, in which words are not used in their literal meaning, but in a figurative way
  • When words, ideas and things represent concepts beyond the literal

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