Poetic Literary TermsAlliteration –the repetition of the same sounds, usually initial consonants, in neighboring words. Assonance –the repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds in neighboring words. Ballad–a form of narrative poetry that presents a single dramatic episode, which is often tragic or violent. Blank verse –poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter, which must not be confused with free verse. Cacophony –harsh, clashing, or dissonant sounds, often produced by combinations of words that require a clipped, explosive delivery, or words that contain a number of plosive consonants. Cadence –the rising and falling rhythm of speech, especially that of the balanced phrases in free verse or in prose. Also the fall or rise in pitch at the end of a phrase or sentence. Caesura–a pause in a line of verse, often coinciding with a break between clauses or sentences. Conceit –an unusually far-fetched or elaborate metaphor presenting a surprisingly apt parallel between two apparently dissimilar things or feelings. Connotation–see pg. 1. Consonance –the repetition of identical or similar consonants in neighboring words whose vowel sounds are different (e.g. coming home, hot foot). Couplet –two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme and that are written to the same meter, or pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables. Three be the things I shall have till I die: Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye. -Dorothy Parker Dactyl –metrical foot of three syllables, one accented followed by two unaccented.