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Glossary of Poetic Terms

Glossary of Poetic Terms
Where a poem makes reference to another poem or text. For example, the 14th line of The Prelude by William Wordsworth 'The earth was all before me' alludes to one of the final lines of Paradise Lost by John Milton 'The world was all before them'. Paradise Lost, in turn, alludes to the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis. A poem containing multiple allusions is The Waste Land by T.S.Eliot which makes reference to lines written by Shakespeare, Milton, Spenser, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Marvell, Dante, Webster, St. Augustine, Goldsmith, Ovid etc. Allusion should not be confused with plagiarism.See also intertextuality. - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More Glossary Acatalectic see Catalectic Accent (Latin, ‘song added to speech’) A stressed syllable or ictus. Accentual verse Lines whose rhythm arises from its stressed syllables rather than from the number of its syllables, or from the length of time devoted to their sounding. Accentual-syllabic verse Lines whose rhythm arises by the number and alternation of its stressed and unstressed syllables, organized into feet. Acephalous (Greek, ‘headless’) A line of verse without its expected initial syllable. Acrostic (Greek, ‘at the tip of the verse’) A word, phrase, or passage spelled out vertically by the first letters of a group of lines in sequence. Leave writing plays, and choose for thy command Some peaceful province in acrostick land: There thou may'st wings display, and altars raise, And torture one poor word ten thousand ways. See also Telestich. Action poetry Verse written for performance by several voices. Adonic Aesthetic Movement Alcaics Alexandrine Allegory (Greek, ‘speaking otherwise’) Alliteration Allusion Bob

PoemHunter.Com - Thousands of poems and poets. Poetry Search Engine Listen to Poetry Click on a poem below to listen and read the verse. I expect to pass through this world but once When the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride Move him into the sun Monday's child is fair of face I met a traveller from an antique land When I was a child What a piece of work is a man! I wish I loved the Human Race At Tara today in this fateful hour Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

The Sonnets You can buy the Arden text of these sonnets from the online bookstore: Shakespeare's Sonnets (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series) I. FROM fairest creatures we desire increase,II. Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools (Poetry and Literature Center, Library of Congress) Welcome to Poetry 180. Poetry can and should be an important part of our daily lives. Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. Poetry 180 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year. Listening to poetry can encourage students and other learners to become members of the circle of readers for whom poetry is a vital source of pleasure. Billy Collins Former Poet Laureate of the United States Learn more about Billy Collins More Poet Laureate projects

Teaching Sonnets Unit Plan Many educators have found that the sonnets are a wonderful way to introduce Shakespeare to students because the smaller blocks of language are less intimidating than whole plays. Louisa Newlin, who leads workshops on sonnets for teachers, and Gigi Bradford, who teaches Shakespeare’s Sisters, a seminar for high school students at the Folger, have created a series of lesson plans about the sonnets that concentrate on the Bard but also include sonnets from before Shakespeare as well as contemporary sonnets. This arc of study provides a context for Shakespeare’s genius, introduces the sonnet’s form and structure, includes language easier to understand than Shakespeare’s, and illustrates his continuing influence. It’s both a lot of fun and a good way to show that sonnets are ways of thinking, not just love poems in archaic language. The unit contains: Lesson 1: Easing into Shakespeare with a Modern Sonnet Lesson 2: Petrarch, Father of the Sonnet Lesson 3: The English Sonnet: Michael Drayton

AP Poetry Terms AP English Poetry Terms (Presented by Dennis Carroll of High Point University at AP Workshop) Listed and defined below are literary terms that you will need to know in order to discuss and write about works of poetry. You are already familiar with many of these. l. alliteration- the repetition of identical or similar consonant sounds, normally at the beginnings of words. 2. allusion- a reference in a work of literature to something outside the work, especially to a well-known historical or literary event, person, or work. 3. antithesis- a figure of speech characterized by strongly contrasting words, clauses, sentences, or ideas, as in “Man proposes; God disposes.” 4. apostrophe- a figure of speech in which someone (usually, but not always absent), some abstract quality, or a nonexistent personage is directly addressed as though present. Milton! 5. assonance- the repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds. 7. blank verse- unrhymed iambic pentameter. Irks care the crop-full bird?