Poetry is a unique art form that is made up of many different techniques. How many of these do you know?
When the two or more words share the same starting letter. For example Terrible Teacher.
The idea or sentence runs over more than one line. For example "I'm then years away from the corner on which you and your friends laughed on" - before you were mine by Carol Ann Duffy.
Pathetic fallacy is when the weather of a scene is influenced by the writers feelings. For example the idea of the storm in a scary horror film.
When you compare something to something else using the words like or as. For example "As cunning as a fox who's just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University?" from Blackadder goes forth.
Assonance is a near rhyme which is when the sounds are roughly the same in the rhyme scheme. For example weight, late.
A caesura is a break in a line causing a short pause.
when describing characters, events, and places in a way that appeals to more than one of our five senses (Look, see, smell, touch, taste).
When you describe an inanimate object as a person. For example the wind howled.
When words are wrote the way they sound. For example Band, Crash.
When the write or poet uses words to create a certain mood. There are different types of imagery. The first is colour as different colours mean different things such as red meaning anger and blue meaning sad. The next type of imagery is nature imagery which is when the poet uses nature to create a deeper response from the reader.
Dialect is when the poem is wrote in the speech patterns and accent of a certain place. A good example of this is "Singh Song" by Daljit Nagra which is wrote in an Indian dialect.
Hyperbole (Hyper-bowl-ay) is when something is exaggerated to add effect to the poem. For example he was ecstatic rather than he was happy.
This is when the poem is written as though it is a conversation. A dialogue is just the name given to a conversation between two or more people. If it is between 2 people only it is a duologue and if there is only one person it is a monologue. A good example for this is the
When a certain word or phrase appears more than once with a text. For example: the phrase when you thought I wasn't looking in the poem by Mary Rita Schilke Korazan
When two highly contrasting ideas are placed together. For example war and piece, tank and children's tricycle.
Metaphor & Extended Metaphor
A metaphor is when a word a phrase is applied to an object that isn't meant literally speaking. For example he is a lion heart. An extended metaphor is when the metaphor runs throughout the poem. An example of this is the song "Firework" by Katy which is the idea that everyone is firework.
Tercet is a 3 lined stanza (Paragraph in a poem). An example from winter swans by Owen Sheers:
"the waterlogged earth
gulping for breath at our feet
as we skirted the lake, silent and apart,"
Sibilance is a type of alliteration that relies on the repetition of soft consonant sounds in words to create a wooshing or hissing sound in the writing. An example is Sally sells seashells by the seashore with the s being repeated.
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