Narrative Poetry Vocabulary

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Last updated: December 17, 2019

narrative
consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story

topic
the subject treated in a paragraph or work

theme
what the author has to say about something– you find this from how the topic is treated in the work

point of view (voice)
the perspective from which a story is told (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

viewpoint
The stance or vantage point from which a story is narrated. (Whose eyes do we see things through?)

closed ending
readers feel that they know what will happen; there is a sense of completion

open ending
readers must draw their own conclusions; they do not know what will happen

metaphor
a figure of speech comparing to unlike things without using like or as

simile
comparison using “like” or “as”

personification
a figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes

sensory detail
Descriptive detail that appeals to any of the senses – sight, hearing, touch, smell or taste

stanza
a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem

rhyme
the repetition of sounds at the ends of words

rhythm
Musical quality in language produced by repetition

couplet
Two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme

line
how a poem is divided

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