Descriptive language poets use to create word pictures or images. Images are enhanced by sensory language, which provides details related to the senses.
Words that sound like the meaning (buzz, fizz, swish, bang)
A comparison of two unlike things.
A comparison using “like” or “as”
When an inanimate object takes on human characteristics
Two seemingly opposite words juxta-positioned (placed) side by side.
A comparision which references something famous in art, literature, music, history, or culture.
A contradictory or obviously untrue statement, which resolves itself upon later inspection.
An incongruity or discordance that goes strikingly beyond the most simple and evident meaning of words or actions.
Dictionary definition of a word
All the meanings, associations, or emotions that a word suggests. In poetry, it refers to how the poet manipulates words.
A change in tone, topic or form, etc.
Repetition of vowel sounds
Repetition of consonant sounds
Repetition of initial consonant sounds
Exact rhyme at the end of a phrase
Slant or Half rhyme
Rhyming sounds are similar but not identical
A regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry
A type of poetry utilizing the techniques of drama; the speaker is clearly someone other than the poet
A poem that tells a story
A poem in which a single speaker expresses personal thoughts and feelings
2 line stanza
3 line stanza
4 line stanza
6 line stanza
A group of lines in a poem
Poetry that does not have a regular meter or rhyme scheme
A regular pattern of rhyming words in a poem
A figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor
Repetition of sound