Poetry Terms

Term Definition
lyric poetry A poetry that expresses a strong feeling or emotion
narrative poetry Poetry that tells a story. A ballad and an epic are examples of narrative poetry.
dramatic poetry Poetry that is meant to be read aloud
symbol Something that represents something else
end weight The emphasis of a line of poetry is not made clear until the end of the line of poetry OR the end of the poem
tone author's attitude towards the subject of the writing/text
stanze "poetic" paragraph
refrain words of phrases repeated in the same order or position in many or all stanzas
volta the turn or change in thought in a sonnet. It usually occurs around the 8th line of a sonnet.
enjambment when a thought or sense, phrase or clause, in a line of poetry does not come to an end at the line break, but moves over to the next line
imagery creating a "mental picture" by appealing to the 5 senses
metaphor a comparison of two unlike things by saying one IS like that other (indirect/direct comparison)
simile a comparison of two unalike things using like or as
repitition repeating sounds, words,or phrases

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