Poetry Unit Exam – Terms

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Last updated: December 11, 2019

alliteration
Sounds repeated at beginnings of several words

enjambment
This occurs when one line ends without a pause or any punctuation and continues onto the next line.

free verse
Poetry that does not rhyme or have a measurable meter.

metaphor
An example of this is: “My heart’s a stereo.”

simile
An example of this is: “My love is like a red, red rose.

stanza
A unified group of lines in poetry. This is often marked by spacing between sections of the poem.

symbol
An object or action that means something more than its literal meaning.

theme
The central meaning or dominant message the poet is trying to deliver to the reader.

tone
The attitude the poem’s narrator takes towards a subject or character.

verse
A single line of poetry.

mood
The climate or feeling of a literary work that the reader gets from reading it.

rhyme scheme
pattern of rhyming words or sounds, uses letters to label lines that rhyme

haiku
Traditional Japanese poem, three lines of: 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables

acrostic
A type of poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word or phrase

blackout
A type of poem in which one takes a marker and starts crossing out words until a poem with a new meaning is formed

consonance
Repetitive sounds produced by consonants IN ANY PART of a word, sentence, or phrase

allusion
A brief reference to a real or fictional person, event, place, or work of art/literature.

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