Poetry Portfolio Vocab

Allusion
A reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art;

Apostrophe
A figure of speech that directly addresses an absent or imaginary person or a personified abstraction;
such as liberty or love.

Alliteration
Repetition of initial consonant sounds

Conceit
A fanciful expression, usually in the form of an extended metaphor or surprising analogy between seemingly dissimilar objects

Blank Verse
Poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter

Free Verse
Poetry that does not have a regular meter or rhyme scheme

Iambic Pentameter
A metrical pattern in poetry which consists of five iambic feet per line. (an iamb, or iambic foot, consists of one unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.);

Imagery
Language that appeals to the senses

Irony
A contrast or discrepancy between what is stated and what is really meant, or between what is expected to happen and what actually does happen

Limerick
A five line poem in which lines 1, 2 and 5 rhyme and lines 3 and 4 rhyme.

Metaphor
A comparison that establishes a figurative identity between objects being compared.

Meter
A regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry

Onomatopoeia
A word that imitates the sound it represents

Parallel Structure
the repetition of phrases, clauses, or sentences that have the same grammatical structure

Personification
A kind of metaphor that gives inanimate objects or abstract ideas human characteristics

Rhythm
Pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables

Symbol
A thing that represents or stands for something else, especially a material object representing something abstract.