Five Characteristics Of Poetry

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Rhyme
* Some poems use rhyming words to create a certain effect.
* Not all poems are rhyming. Poetry that does not rhyme is called “free verse poetry.”
Rhythm
* Sometimes poets use repetition of sounds or patterns to create a musical effect in their poems.
*Rhythm can be created by using the same number of words or syllables in each line of a poem.
* Rhythm can be described as the beat of the poem.
Figurative Language
* Figurative language is often found in poetry. The following types of figurative language are often seen in poems.
‘ Simile – Compares two things using “like” or “as.”
^ The girl is like a tornado on the basketball court.
‘ Metaphor – Comparing two things by saying one thing actually is another thing.
^ The girl is a tornado on the basketball court.
‘ Personification – Giving human characteristics to a non-living thing.
^ The autumn leaves danced across the street.
Shape
* You can tell you are reading a poem based on the way it looks. A book of poems looks different from a regular novel.
* Poems are written in stanzas. Stanzas are groups of lines within a poem that are similar in rhyme, rhythm, or style. Often, there is a break between stanzas.
Mood
* The mood of a poem is the feeling that it has. A poem can be sad, gloomy, humorous, happy, etc.
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