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Poetry and poets

alliteration

noun

the use of the same letter or sound at the beginning of words in a sentence, especially in poetry

bard

noun

a poet

conceit

noun

a clever and unusual idea or way of comparing things, especially in poetry

iambic pentameter

noun

a common pattern used in English poetry, in which each line contains five iambs

metaphysical

adjective

relating to a group of 17th century English poets who used complicated images to express ideas

metre

noun

the patterns of sounds and rhythms in poetry

metric

adjective

metrical

metrical

adjective

relating to the patterns of sounds and rhythms in poetry

O

interjection

used in poetry for addressing someone or something

o’er

adverb, preposition

a word meaning ‘over’, used in poetry

poesy

noun

an old word meaning ‘poetry’

poet

noun

someone who writes poetry

poetic

adjective

connected with poetry or having the qualities of poetry

Poet Laureate

noun

someone who is chosen to write poems for important national events

poetry

noun

poems

prosody

noun

the patterns of sounds and beats in poetry

rhyme

noun

the use of words that are rhymes, especially in poetry

rhyme

verb

if two words or lines of poetry rhyme, they end with a similar sound

rhyme

verb

to produce rhymes

rhythm

noun

a regular pattern of syllables in poetry

rime

noun

an old spelling of ‘rhyme’

scan

verb

if poetry scans, it has a regular rhythm (=pattern of beats)

scansion

noun

the rhythm (=pattern of beats) of a poem

metrically

adverb

poetically

adverb

prosodic

adjective

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