Flashcards in Poetry Test Deck (30):
A rhetorical figure in which human qualities are attributed to nonhuman things or abstractions.
Meaning "bad sound," this term refers to words combining sharp or harsh sounds.
The repetition of identical consonant sounds such as "Betty Blue."
A figure of speech in which a comparison is being used, using "like" or "as."
Measures combinations of heavy and light stresses in poetry.
A foot of poetry with two unstressed and one stressed syllable, such as "in the moon."
A blending of consonant and vowel sounds designed to imitate or suggest the activity being described.
The addressing of a work (poem) to a real or imagined person or thing.
An exaggeration for effect.
Hyperbole or Overstatement
A foot of poetry with one unstressed and one stressed syllable, such as "the tree."
A devaluing for effect.
Meaning "good sounds," this term refers to words containing pleasant sounds.
A three-syllable foot consisting of a heavy stress followed by two lights, such as "Notable parables."
Words and expressions that conform to a particular pattern or form, such as metaphor, simile, etc.
Figure of Speech
The image or figurative language which carries the tenor.
The mood or attitude of a poem.
A two-syllable foot consisting of a heavy followed by a light stress, such as "flower."
Words which seem to rhyme because parts of them are spelled identically but pronounced differently (e.g. "bear" and "fear").
A rhetorical figure in which one thing is used as a substitute for another with which it is closely identified.
A near rhyme, such as "should" and "food."
A rhetorical figure in which a part stands for a whole, or a whole for a part.
The sense, or meaning, of a metaphor, symbol, or other figurative language.
A line ending in a full pause, usually indicated by a period, semi-colon, or comma.
A two-syllable foot consisting of successive, equally heavy accents (e.g. "slow time").
A rhetorical figure embodying a seeming contradiction that is nevertheless true.
A figure of speech in which a comparison is being made (not using "like" or "as").
A metrical foot consisting of two unaccented syllables.
Poetry based on the natural rhythms of phrases and normal pauses, not metrical feet; French phrase for "free verse."
The act of determining the prevailing rhythm of a poem.