A song or poem that tells a lively or tragic story in simple language
using rhyming four line stanzas and a set meter.
A poem lamentation memorializing the dead or contemplating some
nuance of life's melancholy.
An author's or character's distinctive choice of words and style of expression
An artistic critique, sometimes heated, on some aspect of human
immorality or absurdity.
a figure of speech that uses a piece or part of a thing to represent
the thing in its entirety
The associations a word carries beyond its literal meaning
In medias res
In the middle of things
the analysis of a poem's rhythm and metrical structures
The smallest unit of measurement in poetic meter.
A meter using 2 stressed syllables and 2 under stressed syllables
A foot that has 2 under stressed syllables
A poetic meter compromising of one poetic foot.
Poetic meter = 4 feet in each line
poetic meter= 7 feet in each line
two lines of poetry forming one unit of meaning. they often rhyme.
Run on line
A line of poetry that when read does not come to a natrul conclusion
where the line breaks
A repetition of vowel sounds or patterns in neighboring words
Tercet of 3 rhymed lines
Unrhymed iambic pentameter, often used in Shakespeare's plays
An elevated formal lyric poem often written in ceremony to something
Countryside is glorified
Word's literal meaning
Seeminingly contradictory statement that when examined has a deep
The process of determining the metrical pattern of a line of poetry
by marking its stresses and feet.
A poetic foot consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a
A meter in which the foot contains a stressed syllable followed by
two unstressed syllables
A poetic meter compromising of two poetic feet
A meter that consists of 5 feet in each line
A poetic meter that consists of eight feet in each line
A pause, usually in the middle of the line that marks a kind of
A 4 lined stanza
Figure of speech
Describe one thing in terms of another
Figure of speech using an emblem. Ex.: the power of the purse
A tercet fixed form
aba, bcb, cdc, ded, etc.
opposite of an Iamb
poetic foot that has 2 stressed syllables
A poem of 14 lines of iambic pentameter. contains a volta, or turn,
in which the last lines resolve or change direction from the
Line or stanza that is repeated at regular intervals un a poem or song.
End stopped line
A line that ends in a full stop, or period
the repetition of the initial constant sounds of a sequence of words
A unit of 2 or more lines, set off by a space, often rhyming or
sharing the same meter.
Underlying meaning of the story
a character's reason for doing something
narrated by the character in the story
third person character narrator that who observes the thoughts and
actions of multiple characters.
Objective point of view
story is told by observer who only relates facts
Story in which major elements such as characters represent universal truths
A narrative that illustrates lessons using comparisons to familiar
characters and events.
A reference to another work of art or literature, or to a person or
place outside the text.
The narrative presentation of necessary information about the
character, setting, or character's history to begin the story.