Poetry

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Words Related to Literature - Poetry

Here you will learn some English words related to poetry, such as "elegy", "caesura", and "doggerel".

Words Related to Literature
acrosticnoun

a poem or other piece of writing in which certain letters of each line, usually the initial letters, spell out a word or phrase

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alliterationnoun

the use of the same letter or sound at the beginning of the words in a verse or sentence, used as a literary device

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anapaestnoun

a metrical foot in poetry consisting of two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed syllable

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blank versenoun

a verse without rhyme, especially one with ten syllables and five stresses, known as an iambic pentameter

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caesuranoun

a rhetorical break or pause in the middle of a line of poetry, in modern prosody

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cantonoun

any of the sections into which a long poem is divided

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coupletnoun

two consecutive lines of verse, equal in length that usually rhyme

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dactylnoun

a metrical foot consisting of a stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables

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doggerelnoun

poetry that is loosely styled by an irregular rhythm, intended to have a comic effect

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dramatic monologuenoun

a poem in the narrative or speech form, in which the speaker's character is revealed while describing a situation or a series of events

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elegiac coupletnoun

a pair of verses, one with six strong syllables and the other with five, especially in Latin and Greek prosody

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elegynoun

a song or poem expressing sadness, especially in the memory of a dead person or a bitter event in the past

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enjambementnoun

the continuation of a line of poetry into another couplet or stanza without a break

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epicnoun

a long poem in narrative form giving an account of the extraordinary deeds and adventures of a nation's heroes or legends

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epigramnoun

a short poem or phrase that expresses a single thought satirically, often ending in a clever or humorous way

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footnoun

the basic unit of verse meter, consisting of one stressed syllable and one or more unstressed syllables

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free versenoun

a type of verse without rhyme that has an irregular rhythm

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haikunoun

a Japanese poem with three unrhymed lines that have five, seven and five syllables each

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heroic coupletnoun

a pair of rhymed verses, consisting of ten syllables and five stresses, or an iambic pentameter

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hexameternoun

a metrical line of poetry consisting of six feet

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iambnoun

a metrical unit in poetry consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable

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iambic pentameternoun

a line of verse common in English poetry with five metrical feet that each follows an unstressed-stressed pattern

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iambusnoun

a metrical unit in poetry consisting of an unstressed or short syllable followed by a stressed or long syllable

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internal rhymenoun

a rhyme in poetry that occurs in the middle of a single line of verse

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limericknoun

a humorous poem of five anapestic lines with a rhyme scheme of aabba

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meternoun

the arrangement of unstressed and stressed syllables in a verse that produces the rhythm

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odenoun

a lyric poem, written in varied or irregular metrical form, for a particular object, person, or concept

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pentameternoun

a metrical line of poetry consisting of five feet

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poeticadjective

involving or relating to poetry

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poeticsnoun

the study of poetry, literary works, aesthetics, etc.

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poetrynoun

poems in general or as a whole

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prosodynoun

the systematic study of metrical structures and sounds in poetry

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quatrainnoun

a poem that has four lines

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rhymenoun

agreement between the sound or the ending of a word and another word

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to rhymeverb

to put words with similar ending sounds together while writing poetry

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scansionnoun

the act of scanning a line of poetry to find its meter

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slamnoun

a poetry competition in which contestants recite their poems and the audience chooses the winner

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sonnetnoun

a verse of Italian origin that has 14 lines, usually in an iambic pentameter and a prescribed rhyme scheme

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spoken wordnoun

poetry that is intended to be recited to an audience

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stanzanoun

a series of lines in a poem, usually with recurring rhyme scheme and meter

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versenoun

a set of words that usually have a rhythmic pattern

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versificationnoun

the practice of writing poetry especially with regular pattern or the pattern in which verse is written

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