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Poetry Vocabulary

Teacher: Mrs. Mazzella
A comparison between two things using the words “like” or “as” (see Metaphor)
A figure of speech that joins together two seemingly contradictory elements
A way of placing emphasis on words and syllables that creates a repetitive rhythm
The opposite of Hyperbole
Two lines of poetry, one after the other, that rhyme and are of the same length and rhythm. For example, “I do not like green eggs and ham. / I do not like them Sam I Am.”
Another word for Stanza; the paragraphs of a poem (couplets, triplets…)
A comparison between two things without using the words “like” or “as” (see Simile)
The use of words that sound like what they mean
Using words to say more than they mean on the surface
A word that has the same, or nearly the same, meaning as another word.
Ordinary writing or spoken language, usually written in sentences and paragraphs, as opposed to rhythmical lines.
The repetitive vowel sounds create assonance
A word that has the opposite meaning of another word. For example, “dark” is an antonym of “light.”
Words that end in the same sound
An overstatement or exaggeration (see Understatement)
Giving a human characteristic to an animal, object or idea
The emotional coloring or attitude of the work
The repetition of the same beginning sound in several words
Using the same word, phrase, line, or stanza two or more times in a poem.
Words that create visual or sensory images in the reader’s mind
Verses or “paragraphs” of the poem (see Verse)
A wavelike repetition of sounds; the cadence, pace, and ongoing momentum of the poem.
Something that means more than what it is
A written composition, often using rhythm, rhyme, metaphor, and other such artistic techniques to express an idea, feelings, or a story.