Poetry Notes. Characteristics, Analysis, Key Terms. 4 Characteristics of Poems. Poetry is. Condensed language - every word is important - no unnecessary words are included - focused
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Characteristics, Analysis, Key Terms
3. Organized language- lines and stanzas are shaped intentionally - some poems follow patterns (of rhyme, rhythm,word pattern)
4. Rhythmic / Musical language- the meter or “beat” of lines- the sounds of words- examples: alliteration, assonance, rhyme, onomatopoeia
3. the Organization of the poem-what patterns do you notice? (of rhyme, rhythm, image, punctuation, sound, etc)-what effect do these patterns have?
4. the Imagery of the poem-which images seem vivid? important?-what do these images convey?-what other figurative language is used?
5. the Meaning of the poem-what is the experience conveyed?-is there a message?-what does the poem make you understand and/or wonder?
5. rhyme scheme - any pattern of rhyme in a poem; may be end rhyme or internal rhyme
6. alliteration - the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginnings of words (or within words)
7. assonance - the repetition of similar vowel sounds followed by different consonant sounds
8. consonance - the repetition of consonant sounds that are preceded by different vowel sounds
9. meter - the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in poetry; rhythm; it may be regular or it may vary
10. repetition - a poetic device in which a sound, word, or phrase is repeated for style and emphasis
11. stanza - a group of lines that are set off and form a division in a poem
12. symbol - a person, place, event, or object that has a meaning in itself but suggests other meanings as well
13. tone - the author's attitude, either stated or implied, toward his or her subject matter and toward the audience
14. allusion - a brief reference to a person, event, or place, real or fictitious
15. connotation - the emotional associations surrounding a word, as opposed to the word's literal meaning
16. denotation - the strict, literal meaning of a word
17. diction - an author's choice of words and phrases; may be casual or formal, simple or complex, etc.