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anapest
two unaccented syllables followed by an accented syllable
apostrophe
direct address in poetry
aubade
love poem set at dawn which bids farewell to the beloved
ballad
simple narrative poem, usually incorporates dialogue in abcd rhyme scheme
caesura
break or pause within a line of poetry indicated by punctuation and used to emphasis meaning
catharsis
release of emotion that audience of tragedy experiences
dactyl
stressed syllable followed by two unstressed
denouement
resolution of conflict/plot
deus ex machina
refers to anyone who untangles, solves, or reveals key to the plot
dramatic monologue
poem that represents conversation between speaker and implied listener
elegy
poem that laments the dead or a loss
epigram
brief witty poem
foot
metrical unit. measure of line (iamb, anapest, etc)
iamb
one unaccented syllable followed by one accented syllable
idyll
lyric poem which extols the virtues of an ideal place or time
impressionism
writing that reflects a personal image of a character, event, or concept
lyric poem
poem characterized by emotion, personal feelings, and brevity. exhibits rhyme, meter, and reflective thought.
magical realism
explores narratives by and about the characters who inhabit and experience their reality differently than what it really is
metaphysical poetry
explores highly complex, philosophical ideas through extended metaphors and paradox
meter
pattern of beats
metonymy
figure of speech where a representitive term is used to refer to the larger idea (pen is mightier than the sword)
octave
8 line stanza
parody
comic imitation of a work that ridicules the original
pathos
aspects that elicit pity from the audience
quatrain
4 line stanza
ryhme scheme
annotation of the pattern of the ryhme
rhythm
repetitive pattern of beats in poetry
sestet
6 line stanza
sestina
39 lines written in iambic pentameter. Repeats first six words from first stanza in each of 6 stanzas.
sonnet
14 line poem written in iambic pentameter
spondee
two accented syllables
subplot
secondary plot that explores ideas different from the main story line
subtext
implied meaning
synecdoche
figure of speech that utilizes part as representitive of the whole (crown for king)
tercet
three line stanza
villanelle
6 stanzas. 5 tercets and 1 quatrain. poem repeats first and third lines throughout