Poetry Terminology

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1. Pastoral

  • A poem that depicts rural life in a peaceful, idealised way.
  • 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.
  • When the rhythm of a poem is soft and soothing like a piece of music
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2. Assonance

  • The repetition of the same or similar sounds at the beginning of words
  • The repetition or a pattern of similar sounds, especially vowels sounds
  • Repetition of the 's' sound

3. 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)

4. Elegy

  • A poem that laments the death of somebody
  • A poetic image or metaphor where someone is likened to something else that is seemingly very different
  • A figure of speech, such as a metaphor, in which words are not used in their literal meaning, but in a figurative sense

5. Feminine Rhyme

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

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