Elementary Poetry Vocabulary

Narrative poem
A poem that tells a story (has a plot).

Literary poem
A poem that expresses feelings and emotions

Free verse poem
A poem with no rhyme or rhythm

Humorous poem
A poem that is silly or nonsense

Concrete poem
A poem with a shape that suggests its subject.

Alliteration
Repetition of initial consonant sounds

Personification
Giving human qualities to animals or objects

Rhyme scheme
The pattern of end rhymes in a poem

Rhythm
The pattern or beat of a poem.

Stanza
Group of lines in a poem

Rhyme
The repetition of sounds at the ends of words

Onomatopeia
A word that sounds like the thing it names

Repetition
Repeating a word or phrase within a poem

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