Poetry Terms

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Alliteration
The repetition of consonant sounds, especially at the beginning of words.
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Assonance
The repetition of similar vowel sounds in a sentence or a line of poetry or prose
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Caesura
A strong pause within a line of verse
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Climax
The turning point of the action in the plot of a play or story.
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Couplet
A pair of rhymed lines that may or may not constitute a separate stanza in a poem.
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Enjambment
run-on line of poetry in which logical and grammatical sense carries over from one line into the next
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Connotation
The associations called up by a word that goes beyond its dictionary meaning
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Dialouge
The conversation of characters in a literary work. In fiction, dialogue is typically enclosed within quotation marks. In plays, characters' speech is preceded by their names
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Foreshadowing
Hints of what is to come in the action of a play or a story.
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Imagery
The pattern of related comparative aspects of language, particularly of images, in a literary work.
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Hyperbole
A figure of speech involving exaggeration.
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Irony
A contrast or discrepancy between what is said and what is meant or between what happens and what is expected to happen in life and in literature.
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Metaphor
A comparison between essentially unlike things without an explicitly comparative word such as like or as. An example is "My love is a red, red rose,"
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Meter
The measured pattern of rhythmic accents in poems
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Onomatopoeia
The use of words to imitate the sounds they describe. Words such as buzz and crack are onomatopoetic
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Personification
The endowment of inanimate objects or abstract concepts with animate or living qualities. An example: "The yellow leaves flaunted their color gaily in the breeze." Wordsworth's "I wandered lonely as a cloud" includes personification.
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Protagonist
The main character of a literary work--Hamlet and Othello in the plays named after them, Gregor Samsa in Kafka's Metamorphosis, Paul in Lawrence's "Rocking-Horse Winner."
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Sonnet
A fourteen-line poem in iambic pentameter.
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Stanza
Paragraph of poetry
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Theme
The idea of a literary work abstracted from its details of language, character, and action, and cast in the form of a generalization.
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Tone
The implied attitude of a writer toward the subject and characters of a work
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