Modern Poetry Terms Flashcards

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"Seascape"
Elizabeth Bishop
Assonance
similar vowel sounds
Hyperbole
deliberately exaggerated conditions for emphasis or effect
"The Catholic Bells"
William Carlos Williams
paradox
statement orr situation containing apparentl contradictory or imcpatiable elements
"since feeling is first"
E. E. Cummings
Anapest
type of metrical foot; unstressed, unstressed, stressed (Ex. seventeen)
Apparition
A ghostlike or nearly invisible appearance
"To Greet a Letter Carrier"
William Carlos Williams
Reference to a well known person, place, even, piece of literature, or art work.
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Sap
A watery solution of nutrients that flows through the vascular system of a plant
Onomatopoeia
words that sound like what they mean
consonance
is the repetition of consonant sounds within a line of verse, doesn't limit the repeated sound to the initial letter or a word
Nonsense
speech or writing with no meaning; foolish behavior or language
Free verse
a term coined by Imagists; poetry characterized by no set rhythm or meter
Render
To reproduce or depict in verbal or artistic form
refrain
is the repetition of one or more phrases or lines at intervals in a poem, usually at the end of a stanza
Iambic Pentameter
ten syllables per line, following an order of unaccented-accented syllables
I caught this morning morning's minion, king- dom of daylight's dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing In his ecstasy!
Hopkins, The Windhover
a group of lines in a poem that functions as a unit.
stanza
In "Tableau" the two boys are walking together because they -
enjoy each other's company
Personification
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes
WHERE dips the rocky highlandOf Sleuth Wood in the lake,There lies a leafy islandWhere flapping herons wakeThe drowsy water rats;There we've hid our faery vats,Full of berrysAnd of reddest stolen cherries.Come away, O human child!To the waters and the wil
The Stolen Child
when the speaker compares the evening to "a patient etherized upon a table," he is emphasizing the ?
lifelessness of the night
"I have finished another year," said God, "In grey, green, white, and brown;I have strewn the leaf upon the sod,Sealed up the worm within the clod, And let the last sun down.""And what's the good of it?" I said. "What reasons m
Hardy, New Years Eve
I found a dimpled spider, fat and white,On a white heal-all, holding up a mothLike a white piece of rigid satin cloth --Assorted characters of death and blightMixed ready to begin the morning right,Like the ingredients of a witches' broth --A snow-drop sp
Robert Frost, Design
The words lightning and thunder in Tableau" suggest that the friendship of the two boys:
is a powerful natural force
A snake came to my water-troughOn a hot, hot day, and I in pyjamas for the heat, To drink there.In the deep, strange-scented shade of the great dark carob-treeI came down the steps with my pitcherAnd must wait, must stand and wait, for there he was at the
D. H. Lawrence, Snake
In "old age sticks," cummings uses what techniques to reinforce his meaning?
parenthesis, &, unsual spacing within words and between words
The interests of a black man in a cellarMark tardy judgment on the world's closed door.Gnats toss in the shadow of a bottle,And a roach spans a crevice in the floor.Aesop, driven to pondering, foundHeaven with the tortoise and the bare;Fox brush and sow e
Heart Crane, Black Tambourine
I have met them at close of day Coming with vivid faces From counter or desk among grey Eighteenth-century houses. I have passed with a nod of the head Or polite meaningless words, Or have lingered awhile and said Polite meaningless words, And t
Yeats, Easter 1916
prufrock thinks of the frock licking mermaids as creatures who?
Live in a world of freedom and beauty
What is true of the allusions of modern poetry?
The poets incorporated a wide range of allusions in their works.
The darkness crumbles away It is the same old druid Time as ever, Only a live thing leaps my hand, A queer sardonic rat, As I pull the parapet's poppyTo stick behind my ear. Droll rat, they would shoot you if they knew Your cosmopolitan sympathies, Now yo
Issac Rosenberg, Break of Day in the Trenches
I saw a man this morning Who did not wish to die:I ask and cannot answer, If otherwise wish I.Fair broke the day this morning Against the Dardanelles;The breeze blew soft, the morn's cheeks Were cold as cold sea-shells.But other shells are waiting Ac
Patrick Houston Shaw-Stewart, I Saw a Man This Morning
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