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Parts of poems

canto

noun

a section of a long poem

couplet

noun

two lines of poetry that are next to each other

dactyl

noun

a section of a line of poetry that consists of one syllable (=part of a word) that you emphasize when speaking followed by two syllables that you do not emphasize. An example of this is the word ‘pleasantly’.

foot

noun

a section of a line of poetry that consists of one syllable (=part of a word) that you emphasize when speaking and one or more syllables that you do not emphasize

heroic couplet

noun

two lines of poetry that rhyme and use iambic pentameter

hexameter

noun

a line of poetry that has six metrical feet

iamb

noun

a unit of rhythm in poetry, consisting of one short or weak beat followed by one long or strong beat, for example in the word ‘mistake’

iambic

adjective

relating to an iamb or iambs

pentameter

noun

a line of poetry with five strong beats

quatrain

noun

a group of four lines in a poem

refrain

noun

a group of lines in a poem or a song that are repeated regularly

stanza

noun

a section of a poem consisting of a group of lines that form a unit in a pattern that is repeated through the whole poem

trochee

noun

a set of two syllables in poetry in which you emphasize the first one when you read it, but not the second

verse

noun

a group of words or sentences that form one section of a poem or song

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