SLAM POETRY TERMS

delivery
how the poem is read

content
the words of the written poem

rhyme
the same SOUND at the end of the words

rhythm
matching stressed and unstressed syllables and sounds

alliteration
the repetition of sounds at the beginning of words or syllables

onomatopoeia
using words that sound like their meaning

specific examples
describe an occasion/instance where this happens

body language
communicating through gestures

physical interpretation
acting out specific words with your body

facial expression
using eyebrows, mouth, and eyes to show meaning and intent

pitch
how high or low the voice gets

volume
how soft or loud the voice gets

speed
going fast or slow

repetition
using the same word or phrase more than one time

pauses
stopping (briefly) between words or phrases

tone
how you say the words (angry, sad, happy)

contrast
showing two opposite ideas

social language
how you talk with your friends

academic language
how you write an essay

humor
using jokes

simile
comparing two things using like or as (As cold as a dog’s nose)

irony
saying one thing, but meaning the opposite (seeing a storm blowing outside, and turning to a friend and saying-“wonderful weather outside today”.)

metaphor
comparing two things directly (all the world is a stage)