Poetry Test #1

Definition: A comparison made with “as,” “like,” or “than.”Example: Scarier than a batCrazy as a baboonfought like cats and dogs.

Definition: A figure of speech in which the poet describes a non-living thing as if it were a person.

Example: Flowers danced about the lawn.

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Definition: A comparison that is without words such as “like,” “as,” or “than.” Example: the curtain of nightSea of grief

Figure of Speech
Definition: An expressive, non-literal use of language such as hyperbole, irony, metaphor, and simile.

Definition: Something, usually a physical object that represents an abstract concept or idea.Example: Harrys scar symbolizes what unique about him, his bravery

Free Verse
Definition: Non-metrical, non-rhyming lines that closely follow the natural rhythms of speech.Example:After the Sea-Ship—after the whistling winds;After the white-gray sails, taut to their spars and ropes,Below, a myriad, myriad waves, hastening, lifting up their necks, Tending in ceaseless flow toward the track of the ship: Waves of the ocean, bubbling and gurgling, blithely prying,

Definition: A grouping of lines separated from others in a poem.Example: When there is a space between the paragraphs

End Stopped Line
Definition: A metrical line ending at a grammatical boundary or break—such as a dash or closing parenthesis—or with punctuation such as a colon, a semicolon, or a period. Example: A line usually having a punctuation and you pause

Definition: The running over of a sentence or phrase from one poetic line to the next, without terminal punctuation; the opposite of end-stopped.

Example: A line without punctuation usually with no pause

Definition: A central or recurring image or action in a literary work that is shared by other works and may serve an overall theme.Example: Gullivers travels and the hobbit represent long journys

Definition: The repetition of a word or words at the beginning of successive phrases, clauses, or lines. Example:in the bible it says o lord ALOT

Definition: The repetition of initial stressed, consonant sounds in a series of words within a phrase or verse line. Example: we saw the sea sound sing

Definition: The rhythmical pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in verse.Example: da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM My first best friend is Aw ful AnnMy fifth best friend is Ted the Toad

Definition: A figure of speech in which the sound of a word imitates its sense Example: Choo Choo or Buzz

Poetic License
Definition: A poet’s departure from the rules of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary in order to maintain a metrical or rhyme schemeExample: There once was a girl with no fanny, Who had a hard time getting tanny. Tanny is not a real word

Definition: The thing or idea a poem concerns or represents. Example: the subject of a thanksgiving poem is thanksgiving

Rhyme Scheme
Definition: A rhyme scheme is usually the pattern of end rhymes in a stanza, with each rhyme encoded by a letter of the alphabet (ABBA BCCB)Example: My cat is nice.

aMy cat likes mice. aMy cat is fat. bI like my cat. B

Eye Rhyme
Definition: rhymes only when spelled, not when pronounced. Example: through & rough

End Rhyme
Definition: the most common type, is the rhyming of the final syllables of a line. Example: And here on this turning of the stair Between passion and doubt, I pause and say a double prayer, One for you, and one for you; And so they cancel out.

Feminine Rhyme
Definition: applies to the rhyming of one or more unstressed syllablesExample: Dicing & enticing

Masculine Rhyme
Definition: describes those rhymes ending in a stressed syllable (most common type of rhyme).Example:Hells & bells

Half Rhyme
Definition: the rhyming of the ending consonant sounds in a word Example: Tell & tollStopped & leapt

Identical Rhyme
Definition: uses the same word, identical in sound and in sense, twice in rhyming positions.Example:

Internal Rhyme
Definition: rhyme within a single line of verse When a word from the middle of a line is rhymed with a word at the end of the line.


Definition: A short poem intended for an inscription on a tombstone or a brief elegy. Example:

Definition: A brief song of lamentation or grief to be performed at a funeral.Example:

Definition: It a melancholy or sad poem that laments (or grieves) the subject’s death.Example: