Unit 6 – Human Rights (Poetry Analysis)

rhyme
the repetition of the same or similar sounds usually at the end of the lines; i.e. “The tiny bird in the tree was singing songs just for me.”

alliteration
repetition of words with the same beginning sounds; i.e. “Polly planted plenty of pretty pansies.”

onomatopoeia
Words that sound like the objects or actions they refer to i.e. “A pesky mosquito buzzed around my head.”

stanzas
longer poems that may be divided up into groups of lines like paragraphs in a story.

imagery
words or phrase that appeal to the reader’s senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell; i.e. “Back, he spurred like a madman shouting curses to the sky, With the white road smoking behind him and his rapier brandished high.”

verse
a single line of poetry

irony
something that is said or written that means the opposite

refrain
The repetition of one or more phrases or lines at certain intervals, usually at the end of each stanza. Similar to the chorus in a song.

human rights
Rights belonging to all humans

civil rights
Rights belonging to a person by way of citizenship

voice
the narrators voice and the way it moves the reader

speaker
the narrator of a poem

rhythm
the pattern of beats or stresses in a poem.

free verse
poetry that does not follow any pattern of rhyme, rhythm, or line length.

ballad
a song or songlike poem that rhymes