Poetry terms and definitions
expresses vivid thoughts and feelings but no plot
tells a story with a genuine plot
more like a play which uses techniques of drama such as speaker and conflict to tell a story.
the imaginary voice assumed by the writer of a poem; may be a person, animal, thing or abstraction.
uses elements of sound to produce the desired effect.
the use of words to imitate actual sounds.
repetition of the first sound of several words.
repetition of similar consonant sounds within words and especially at the ends of accented syllables
repetition of similar vowel sounds
formal organization of rhythms; a pattern of alternating stressed and unstressed syllables
repeated words or phrases
words that end the same sounds.
compares unlike things using the word like or as.
makes a comparison by writing or speaking about one thing as if it were another
describes an object, animal, or idea as if it had human characteristics.
the speaker or narrator directly addresses a person who is not present or a thing or an abstraction.
pattern of rhymes expressed with letters of the alphabet for each specific rhyme
sub-part of a poem – like a paragraph
a mild, indirect, or vague term in the place of one considered harsh, blunt, or offensive
a local expression whose meanings literal meaning is different from the actual usage meaning.