Poetry Terminology

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1. Caesura

  • Finishing a line and the idea contained within it with or without puncuation
  • A natural pause or break in a line of poetry, usually near the middle of the line
  • The continuation of a complete idea from one line to the next without a pause
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2. Romanticism

  • Extensive use of romantic imagery
  • A late 18th century-early 19th century movement that placed emphasis on the subjective personal experience of the individual. Nature used as a prominent theme.
  • A poem that depicts rural life in a peaceful, idealised way.

3. Trope

  • 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
  • A figure of speech in which two things are compared, usually by saying one thing is another

4. Masculine rhyme

  • A line or group of lines that is repeated throughout a poem. usually after every stanza
  • A rhyme that occurs in the final stressed syllable
  • A rhyme that occurs in the final unstressed syllable (eg. pleasure and leisure)

5. Consonance

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

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