Elements of Poetry Unit

Imagery Descriptive language poets use to create word pictures or images. Images are enhanced by sensory language, which provides details related to the senses. Onomatopoeia Words that sound like the meaning (buzz, fizz, swish, bang) Metaphor A comparison of two unlike things. Simile A comparison using “like” or “as” Personification Read more…

Poetry Subcategories – Set I

haiku Three (3)unrhymed lines of poetry with a 5, 7, 5 syllable pattern and a focus on nature. limerick A very short poem (usually five lines) with a humorous or nonsensical topic, a definite rhythm, and an aabba rhyme scheme. ballad Song or songlike poem that tells a story, usually Read more…

Major Movements and Periods of Poetry

Academic Formalism This mid-20th century American movement is characterized by its use of rhyme, regular meter, a sense of Anglo-American literary tradition, a dry wit, and a classical belief in the supremacy of the intellect. The poets of this movement rejected the free-verse revolution that was occuring around them, and Read more…

Poetry Vocabulary 2nd Grade

repetition A name, key word, or phrase is repeated several times poetry A type of literature that expresses ideas, feelings, or tells a story in a specific form (usually using lines and stanzas) poem a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines poet a person who writes poetry simile Read more…

Poetry Terms

Alliteration repetition of a sound or letter at the beginning of neighboring words. Assonance repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds in neighboring words that DO NOT RHYME. Connotation ideas and feelings associated with a word, as opposed to its dictionary defintiion Consonance the repetition of consonant sounds (every sound Read more…

Common Core 7th Grade Poetry Terms

Alliteration the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words Figurative language A form of language use in which writers and speakers convey something other than the literal meaning of their words. Simile A comparison using “like” or “as” Metaphor A figure of speech in which a word or Read more…

Poetry Terms

verse a unit of poetry such as a stanza or a line blank verse unrhymed iambic pentameter free verse poetry free of any restrictions; poetry not tied to a particular pattern figurative language language that communicates beyond the literal meaning of the words personification giving an animal or inanimate object Read more…

Poetry Unit Terms

4 Elements of Poetry Form and Structure, Sound, Imagery, Figurative Language Lines Lines can vary in length. Poets choose the line length to fit the rhythm, feeling, or thought expressed in a poem. Lines are grouped in stanzas Stanza a group of lines in a poem which are separated by Read more…

Poetry Vocabulary DUNLAP

Rhythm correspondence of sound between words or the endings of words, especially when these are used at the ends of lines of poetry Meter pattern of beats in poetry Verse both meter and rhythm Blank Verse has meter but no rhyme Free Verse has only the natural cadence of speech Read more…

Some Fundamentals of Poetry

Meter Meter is the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables established in a line of poetry. The stressed syllable is also called the accented syllable. The unstressed syllable is also called the unaccented syllable. Foot A foot is a unit of meter. A metrical foot can have two or three Read more…

Poetry Terms

the repetition of consonant sounds, but not vowels in a chunk of text consonance an object or action that means something more than its literal meaning symbol the measured arrangement of sounds/beats in a poem, including the poets placement of emphasis and the number of syllables per line meter a Read more…

7th Grade Poetry

Stanzas Lines of poetry that is grouped into verses. Metaphor Describes one thing as if it were something else Personification Gives human qualities to something that is not human Similes Use “like or as” to compare two unlike things Symbol Anything that represents something else Alliteration The repetition of constant Read more…

Poetry Literary Terms

villanelle a lyric poem written in three-line stanzas, ending with a four line stanza tone the writer’s attitude toward his/her audience and subject tanka consists of five unrhymed lines with a pattern of 5,7,7 syllable symbol anything that stands for or represents something else stanza a formal division of a Read more…

TECHNIQUES OF POETRY: SOUND DEVICES

Alliteration repetition of initial constant sounds (dark days, bad boy) Assonance repetition of vowel sounds (child of silence, weak weary) End Rhyme rhyme that occurs at the end of the lines Imagery descriptive words used to create pictures Internal Rhyme use of rhyming words within the lines Metaphor one thing Read more…

2nd Grade Poetry Terms

Poem A passage that contains artistic, vivid language, and is often imaginative. Poet A person who writes poems. Rhyme Matching ending sounds in words or sometimes lines of poetry. Stanza A group of lines in a poem. Tone How the author feels when writing the poem. Mood How the poem Read more…