Poetry terms 5th Grade

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Last updated: December 14, 2019

repetition
the same words or phrases throughout the poem or stanza

figurative language
figure of speech; writing or speech not meant to be taken literally

theme
the controlling idea of a poem is the idea continuously developed throughout the poem by sets of key words that identify the poets’s subject and his attitude or feeling about it

stanza
paragraphs of a poem

simile
comparing two things using “like” or “as”

metaphor
comparing two things without using “like” or “as”

onomatopoeia
a word that imitates or suggests the source of the sound it describes

personification
is an ontological metaphor in which a thing or abstraction is represented as a person; giving human qualities to objects or animals– dead leaves dance in the wind, blind justice

consonance
characterized by repetition of the same consonant two or more times in short succession as in “pitter patter”, The repetition of consonant sounds within words like A flock of sick, black-checkered, ducks. especially at the ends of words, as in lost and past or confess and dismiss.

assonance
the repetition of vowel sounds, as in, “Old king Cole was a merry old soul.”

refrain
lines repeated in a verse

symbols
when the poet uses objects to represent people and thoughts

irony
difference between the way something appears and what is actually true

alliteration
the repetition of the same sound in a phrase or line. Deliberate consonant sounds like “careless cars cutting corners cause chaos”

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