Poetry Terms Alliteration – Denotation

Alliteration
Repetition of two or more initial sounds in sequenced words within a line

Allusion
An indirect reference to something or someone

Ambiguity
Doubt about meaning: a situation in which something can be understood in more than one way and it is not clear which meaning is intended

Anapest
A metrical foot of three syllables with the stress on the third syllable or of two short syllables followed by a long syllable

Antithesis
The juxtaposition of contrasting ideas, often in parallel structure

Approximate Rhyme/ Slant Rhyme
Imperfect, approximate rhyme

Assonance
Repetition of two or more vowel sounds within a line

Aubade
A song, poem, or piece of instrumental music celebrating or greeting the dawn

Audience
The group or person to which the poem is directed

Ballad
A simple poem, usually created for singing, dealing with a dramatic episode

Blank Verse
Unrhymed, iambic pentameter

Cacophony
The use of harsh unpleasant sounds in literature for literary effect

Caesura
A pause in a line of poetry, especially to allow its sense to be made clear or to follow the rhythms of natural speech, often near the middle of the line

Carpe Diem
Used as an invocation to enjoy the present and not worry about the future

Conceit
An imaginative poetic image or writing that contains such an image, especially a comparison that is an extended metaphor comparing two unlike objects with powerful effect

Connotation
The implying or suggesting of an additional meaning for a word or phrase apart from the literal or main meaning

Consonance
Repetition of two or more consonant sounds within a line

Couplet
Two lines of verse that form a unit alone or as part of a poem, especially two that rhyme and have the same meter

Dactyl
A metrical foot of one long syllable followed by two short syllables in classical verse or one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables in modern verse

Denotation
The most specific or literal meaning of a word, as opposed to its figurative senses or connotations