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"I create" (Greek: ποιεω)


Alliteration:: repetition of consonants, vowels, and/or syllables in close proximity within a line.

The Tyger 

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright,
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire in thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, and what art?
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand, and what dread feet?

What the hammer? What the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb, make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright,
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

By William Blake



Allusion: a reference to the person, event, or work outside the poem or literary piece.

In The Rape of the Lock

"Recall the description of Eve and compare to Belinda." (references both the Bible and Milton's Paradise Lost)

Alexander Pope

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Assonance: a combination of similar vowel sounds in place of rhyme.

"Go, lovely Rose." by Waller

"In Xan a du did Ku bla Khan." by Coleridge

From: "First Principles of Verse" by Robert Hillyer

Blank Verse

Blank verse: unrhymed lines of iambic pentameter often used in long poems and dramatic verse.

The Mending Wall

Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
'Stay where you are until our backs are turned!'
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, 'Good fences make good neighbors'.
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
'Why do they make good neighbors? Isn't it
Where there are cows?
But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That wants it down.' I could say 'Elves' to him,
But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me~
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father's saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, "Good fences make good neighbors."

By Robert  Frost (1874-1963)

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Concrete Poem

Concrete Poem: A poem that takes the shape of its topic.


Easter Wings

Lord, Who createdst man in wealth and store,
        Though foolishly he lost the same,
              Decaying more and more,
                      Till he became
                        Most poore:

                        With Thee
                      O let me rise,
              As larks, harmoniously,
        And sing this day Thy victories:
Then shall the fall further the flight in me.

My tender age in sorrow did beginne;
  And still with sicknesses and shame
        Thou didst so punish sinne,
                  That I became
                   Most thinne.

                    With Thee
                Let me combine,
      And feel this day Thy victorie;
    For, if I imp my wing on Thine,
Affliction shall advance the flight in me.

-George Herbert


Consonance: the paring of words in which the final consonants of the stressed syllables agree but the vowels differ.

"struts and frets" by Shakespeare


Couplet: two successive lines of verse forming a unit marked usually by rhythmic correspondence or rhyme.


Decorator Hermit Crab

There was a little hermit crab
Who thought his tank was rather drab
At first he didn't know what to do
Then decorated with pink and blue.
Now he is no longer crabby
With his new home, he's rather happy!


Vanessa Pike-Russell

hermit crab on my PB

"hermit crab on my PB" by strollers is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Free Verse

Free Verse: verse whose meter is irregular in some respect or whose rhythm is not metrical.


"Rings" by Idiolector is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

From  Marriage

This institution,

perhaps one should say enterprise
out of respect for which
one says one need not change one’s mind
about a thing one has believed in,
requiring public promises
of one’s intention
to fulfill a private obligation:
I wonder what Adam and Eve
think of it by this time,
this fire-gilt steel
alive with goldenness;
how bright it shows—


Marianne Moore (1887-1972)

Iambic pentameter

Iambic pentameter: a common meter in poetry consisting of an unrhymed line with five feet or accents, each foot containing an unaccented syllable and an accented syllable.

A verse that has an iambic pentameter with five iambic meter will have a rhythm pattern as follows:

da Dum da Dum da Dum da Dum da Dum

A very good use of iambic pentameter rhyme scheme can be seen in the poem, Ode to Autumn by John Keats.

To swell the gourd, and plump the ha- -zel shells
da Dum da Dum da Dum da Dum da Dum

Holy Sonnet XIV

Batter my heart three-personed God, for you
as yet but knock, breathe, shine and seek to mend.
That I may rise and stand o'erthrow me and bend
Your force to break, blow, burn and make me new.

John Donne


Metaphor: a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them.  Unlike a simile, metaphor does not use "like" or "as."

Smell the summer

"Smell the summer" by mripp is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Sonnet 18

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.                    

William Shakespeare (1609)



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"The Brain is wider than the sky" by Emily Dickinson



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"Earth, receive an honored guest,

William Yeats is laid to rest" by W. H. Auden



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"And the peak of the mountains was apples, the hugest that ever were seen,

And they prest, as they grew, on each other, with hardly a  leaf between." by Tennyson



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After the pangs of a desperate lover,

   When day and night I have sighed all in vain,

Ah what  a pleasure it is to discover

   In her eyes pity, who cause me pain" by Milton


Onomatopeia: the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it.

The Weary Blues

Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,
Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon,
 I heard a Negro play.
Down on Lenox Avenue the other night
By the pale dull pallor of an old gas light
 He did a lazy sway . . .
 He did a lazy sway . . .
To the tune o' those Weary Blues.
With his ebony hands on each ivory key
He made that poor piano moan with melody.
 O Blues!
Swaying to and fro on his rickety stool
He played that sad raggy tune like a musical fool.
 Sweet Blues!
Coming from a black man's soul.
 O Blues!
In a deep song voice with a melancholy tone
I heard that Negro sing, that old piano moan--
 "Ain't got nobody in all this world,
 Ain't got nobody but ma self.
 I's gwine to quit ma frownin'
 And put ma troubles on the shelf."

Thump, thump, thump, went his foot on the floor.
He played a few chords then he sang some more--
 "I got the Weary Blues
 And I can't be satisfied.
 Got the Weary Blues
 And can't be satisfied--
 I ain't happy no mo'
 And I wish that I had died."
And far into the night he crooned that tune.
The stars went out and so did the moon.
The singer stopped playing and went to bed
While the Weary Blues echoed through his head.
He slept like a rock or a man that's dead.

Langston Hughes

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Personification: the attribution of human form, nature, or characteristics to something; the representation of a thing or abstraction as a person (esp. in a rhetorical figure or a metaphor);  the symbolic representation of a thing or abstraction by a human figure.


"Train" by ELEOTH is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Train


I like to see it lap the miles,
And lick the valleys up,
And stop to feed itself at tanks;
And then, prodigious, step


Around a pile of mountains,
And, supercilious, peer
In shanties by the sides of roads;
And then a quarry pare


To fit its sides, and crawl between, Complaining all the while
In horrid, hooting stanza;
Then chase itself down hill

And neigh like Boanerges;
Then, punctual as a start its own,
Stop-docile and omnipotent-
A stable door.


Emily Dickinson



Quatrain: a poem or stanza of four lines, usually with alternating rhyme scheme.

She Sweeps With Many-Colored Brooms

She sweeps with many-colored Brooms—
And leaves the Shreds behind—
Oh Housewife in the Evening West—
Come back, and dust the Pond!

You dropped a Purple Ravelling in—
You dropped an Amber thread—
And how you've littered all the East
With duds of Emerald!

And still, she plies her spotted Brooms,
And still the Aprons fly,
Till Brooms fade softly into stars—
And then I come away—

By Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)


Simile: a figure of speech comparing two unlike things that is often introduced by "like" or "as."





An emerald is as green as grass,
A ruby red as blood;
A sapphire shines as blue as heaven;
A flint lies in the mud.

A diamond is a brilliant stone,
To catch the world's desire;
An opal holds a fiery spark;
But a flint holds a fire.

Christina Rossetti (1830- 1894)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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