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Poetry Terms

Poetry Terms

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Lyric Poetry

Lyric Poetry

a small poem that displays the thoughts and feelings of the poet.

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Myth

Myth

a traditional poem that tells a historic story or a popular belief; often deals with heroes, the supernatural, or ancestors

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Rhyth

Rhyth

a patterned flow of sound

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Epithet

Epithet

descriptive term used to characterize a person or a thing

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Imagery

Imagery

Word or group of words which appeal to one or more of the senses: sight, taste, touch, hearing, and smell.

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Implied Metaphor

Implied Metaphor

Uses words to suggest the comparison such as love bursts into bloom. It does not directly state the comparison.

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Epic

Epic

a story poem that often celebrates a hero or legend (Odysseus or Hercules)

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Onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia

words that are pronounced to imitate their sounds (buzz, fizz, click, zoom, chirp).

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Symbolism

Symbolism

Stands for itself and for something beyond itself as well. (The bald eagle symbolizes the United States.)

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Alliteration

Alliteration

The repetition of the same consonant sounds in a line of poetry. (seven silver swans swam)

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Rhyme

Rhyme

The similarity of ending sounds existing in lines of poetry. Internal: rhyme within the line of poetry. End: rhyme at the end of a line of poetry.

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Assonance

Assonance

the repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds, especially in stressed syllables

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Personification

Personification

providing human characteristics to a lifeless object. (This poetry gets bored of being alone, it wants to go outdoors to chew on the winds. Living Poetry by Hugo Margenat

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