Poetry Terms Quiz

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Last updated: November 24, 2019

speaker
voice that talks to the reader

line (verse)
word or row of words that may or may not form a complete sentence

stanza
group of lines forming a unit

rhythm
pattern of sounds created by the arrangement of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line

meter
a regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables, which sets the overall rhythm of certain poems

rhyme
repetition of the same stressed vowel sound and any succeeding sounds in two or more words

internal rhyme
occurs within a line of poetry

end rhyme
occur at the ends of lines

rhyme scheme
the pattern of the end rhymes, may be designated by assigning a different letter of the alphabet to each new rhyme

alliteration
the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginnings of words

assonance
repetition of vowel sounds within a line of poetry

onomatopoeia
use of a word, such as “hiss” or “buzz” that imitates or suggests the sounds of what it describes

imagery
descriptive language that appeals to the senses- sight, sound, touch, taste, or smell

figure of speech
a word or expression that is not meant to be read literally

simile
figure of speech using a word such as like or as to compare seemingly unlike things

metaphor
compares seemingly unlike things, but does not use like or as

personification
attributes human characteristics to an animal, object, or idea

narrative poetry
verse that tells a story

lyric poetry
expresses the personal thoughts and feelings of the speaker

dramatic poetry
usually has one or more characters who speak to the other character, to themselves, or to the reader

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