poetry examples

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Last updated: December 17, 2019

onomatopoeia
the formation of a word from a sound associated with what it is named

haiku
a poem consisting of 3 lines, the first and last lines having 5 syllables and the middle having 7

oxymoron
self contradicting figure of speech

rhyme scheme
pattern of rhymes at the end of each line

off rhyme
a rhyme scheme with words or syllables in unexpected places in a given line

alliteration
same letter on sounds of words close together or adjacent

assonance
the sound of vowel repetition

quatrain
a type of stanza or poem that consists of 4 lines

sonnet
a poem with 14 lines written in Iambic parameter

stanza
a verse in a poem consisting of a grouped set of lines

limerick
verse of 5 lines, lines 1,2, and 5 rhyme, lines 3 and 4 are shorter and rhyme

line break
the end of a line, the space between two lines

internal rhyme
a rhyme between a word within a line and another line either at the same or another time

hyperbole
an extreme exaggeration at an attempt to apply emphasis on a characteristic

synecdoche
the usage of a part to refer to the whole or vice versa

understatement
description of an event that does not fully sum up the situation

consonance
description of repetitive sounds produced by consonants within a sentence or phrase

symbolism
the use of an object or person to portray an abstract idea

personification
the attribution on a personal nature, or human characteristic to a non human

metaphor
descriptive figurative language comparing two things generally using “is” or “are”

simile
a comparison using “like” or “as”

repetition
a repeating words or phrases for affect

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