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Poetry TermsReading a Poemverseany composition in lines of more or less regular rhythm, usually ending in rhymethemethe central thought of the poemsubjectthe main topic; what the poem is ‘about’toneconveys an attitude toward the person addressedagencytells us who owns the poem; who possesses the verb; the subject of the sentenceINTERNAL STRUCTURE of the poemTypes of Poemslyric: a short poem expressing the thoughts and feelings of a single speakeraubade: a lover’s morning farewellepigram: a short and witty commentaryepistle: informal, written as if a letter to a friendepithalamium: a lyric celebrating a marriageelegy: a formal lyric of mourningpastoral: about love in a rural, idyllic settingsatire: a mocking critique of evil of foolishness, the poet ridicules someoneode: a formal lyric which celebrates or commemorates a person or objectcomplaint: a lyric that unfolds as an occasion to complainemblematic / visual: physically look like what they describe (i.e. a poem shaped like wings)
expository: a lyric which feels kind for prosydidactic: written to state a message or teach a body of knowledge, often patriotic or moralisticmeditative / intellecturalized: poems that verbalize or intellecturalize feelingsvisionaryL imagines unreal places with mystical fervorsensual: glorifies the body’s sensationsconfessional: dark inner truths are admitted and explorednarrative: its main purpose is to tell a storyballad: a short narrative song which retells tales that were once song orallyepic: longer narrative storiesdramatic: presents the voice of an imagined character speaking directlydramatic monologuesOrganization / Structuremeditative: speaker musing on a topic or idea where the poem becomes a thinking throughnarrative: the poem unfolds like a story, chronologicallydramatic: the poem unfolds in scenes where we see distinct settings and moments acted outamong charactersserial / discursive: a topic thought through in a logical way (first, then, then..)descriptive: presents a scene, often a landscape, paints a pictureekphrastic: describes a work of art
occasional: written to commemorate or celebrate an event or famous personimitative – parodies, tributes, retellings of other poemsimage-organized: focuses our attention on a series of imageshypotacticthere are clear temporal, logical, and syntactic relations between members andsentences or stanzas expressed by words or phrases or by the use of subordinate phrases and clauses;very often narrative (i.e. “when”, “because”, “as a result”, “therefore”)paratacticverse based on the use of parallel statements placed one after another without anyexpression of their connection or relation (expect at most with the connective “and”)Word Choicedictionchoice of words

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Poetry, Epigram, Tone, Free Verse, Rhythm, Slant Rhyme, Rhyme scheme, unrhymed iambic pentameter, stressed syllables meter, syllables pyrric foot, Diction vulgate diction

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