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Poetry Terms

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Two ryhming lines, often comes at end
Couplet
Shows where stress is placed on words
Accents
Section of a peom grouping a series of lines together, usually with a recurring patter of rhyme/meter
Stanza
Running over of a sentence from one line to another so that closely related words fall in different lines
Enjambment
Poetry written in either rhyme or unrhymed lines that have no set fixed metrical pattern
Free Verse
An example is "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways"
Caesura
Shorter, final stanza of a poem
Envoy
Stressed, unstressed
Trochee
The repeition of similar vowel sounds
Assonance
Instructive or teaching poem
Didactic
In a poem, lines that end with a period, common, colon, semicolon, or question mark
End-stopped
Unstressed, stressed
Iambic
Unstressed, unstressed, stressed; Poe writes the majority of poems in this scheme
Anapest
Stressed, Stressed
Spondee
Units of measurement used in poetry
Foot
A poem that consists of 14 lines, usually has conventional rhyme scheme
Sonnet
A sad poem about the death of someone
Elegy
Beowulf would be an example of this
Epic
Poem (or stanza) consisting of four lines. Lines 2 and 4 rhyme and have a similar number of syllables.
Quatrain
A poem that depicts rural life in a peaceful, romanticized way.
Pastoral
Inscription on a tomb written to praise the deceased
Epitaph
Poetry with five lines, similar to a haiku. Line 1 has one word (the title). Line 2 has two words that describe the title. Line 3 has three words that tell the action. Line 4 has four...
Cinquain.
Poetry that holds the principles and ideas of beauty that are characteristics of Gree and Roman lit.
Classicism
Lengthy lyric poem typicall of a serious tone and has elevated style and formal stanza structure.
Ode
Has a rhyme scheme of abab cdcd efef gg
Skakespearean

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