Poetic Techniques GCSE

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GCSE understanding poetry flashcards


 
  
Created May 3, 2012
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The repetition of words beginning with the same letter.To draw attention to a particular...
 
Alliteration
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A word/phrase that suggests something else.If many people can relate to it, it allows you to...
 
Allusion
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A word/phrase that could mean more than one thing.To get the reader thinking about the different...
 
Ambiguity
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Giving human characteristics to an animal.Connects us to the animal being described.
 
Anthropomorphism
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 The repetition of similar or identical vowel sounds which follow each other.Like...
 
Assonance 
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A natural phrase or break in a line of poetry - usually in the middle.Can serve as a pause/change...
 
caesura
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An idea or feeling that is often associated with a word or phrase.To hit to the audience/readers...
 
Connotation

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Series of marks ... that usually indicate an intentional omission of a word or sentence.To...
 
Ellipsis
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A technique in which the idea or perhaps rhythm of one line are continued and completed in...
 
Enjambment
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A word or expression used instead of saying something which might be unpleasant or...
 
Euphemism
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Using the pronoun of 'I' often means the piece is autobiographical.As if the poet is letting...
 
First Person
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Poetry avoids regular patterns of rhythm and rhyme, although it may use other repetitive patterns...
 
Free Verse
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Use of word-pictures (images), figures of speech (similes, metaphors) and description.To evoke...
 
Imagery
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Like the simile, is comparing one thing to another; but  says it is something...
 
Metaphor
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Use of words which sound like the things they describe.To further describe the scene by communicating...
 
Onomatopoeia
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A phrase combining two terms that seem to be opposites.The poet can show us that two very different...
 
Oxymoron
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Describing a natural thing like the weather or the sea, as if it is feeling the emotion expressed...
 
Pathetic Fallacy
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Giving human qualities to things that are not human e.g. Anthropomorphism.Connects us to that...
 
Personification
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A play on words, in which two different meanings are suggested either by the same word or two...
 
Pun
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Repeating a word or phrase.Emphasises whatever is being repeated.
 
Repetition
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The use of words with matching sounds, often at the end of each line.Links significant words...
 
Rhyme
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Just as in music, the pattern of beats created by the words in a poem and the way they are...
 
Rhythm
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Characterized by a hissing s, sh, z.Conjures on aural impression for the reader....
 
Sibilance
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Comparing one thing to another using the words 'like' or 'as'.Like a metaphor, it allows us...
 
Similes
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A particular type of poem, very traditional, and usually only a single stanza. It is always...
 
Sonnet
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The general mood/atmosphere that is communicated in the poem, often by the way in which something...
 
Tone

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