Imagism

Imagism was a short-lived school of poetry that emphasized clarity and precision and rejected verbiage and sentiment. At the center of the movement was Ezra Pound, who was influenced in his thinking by a group of London poets and philosophers, among them T.E. Hulme, whose essay, "Romanticism and … [Read more...]

Close rhyme

A close rhyme consists of two rhyming words that are consecutive or very close together in a phrase or line. Many common expressions are close rhymed---for example, wear and tear, high and dry, double trouble, clip-clop, mumbo jumbo. Here are a few examples of close rhyme in poetry: tingling … [Read more...]

Bard

In Medieval Britain and Ireland, a bard was a professional poet who praised (and sometimes satirized) the ruler of the land. Both the word and the profession have origins in Celtic Europe. Traditionally, Welsh and Irish bards treated poetry as a craft to be learned and mastered. Young poets were … [Read more...]

Acephalous

The poetry term acephalous comes from the Greek a-, "without," and kephale, "head"---hence "without head." The word also comes up in biology to denote animals without heads---for example, "acephalous worms." In poetry, a line of verse is acephalous when it's missing an initial syllable … [Read more...]

Abecedarius

An abecedarius is a poem in which each line or stanza begins with a successive letter of the alphabet. Though in modern societies abecedarii are usually thought of as childish, there is a long history of quite serious abecedarian poetry, including several biblical Psalms (in Hebrew). There are also … [Read more...]

Quick entries: W, X, Y, Z

Note: Many of the entries here will eventually become full-length posts. Some are rough and have not been fully researched. If you have any corrections or would like to add anything, please comment. Wait for the other shoe to drop: to wait for something to happen, especially an event precipitated … [Read more...]

Quick entries: U-V

Note: Many of the entries here will eventually become full-length posts. Some are rough and have not been fully researched. If you have any corrections or would like to add anything, please comment. Udder vs. utter: Udder: a baglike mammary organ that secretes milk, characteristic of cows and … [Read more...]

Quick entries: T

Note: Many of the entries here will eventually become full-length posts. Some are rough and have not been fully researched. If you have any corrections or would like to add anything, please comment. Tabula rasa: Latin for blank slate. In English, it refers to (1) a mind without preconceived … [Read more...]

Quick entries: S

Note: Many of the entries here will eventually become full-length posts. Some are rough and have not been fully researched. If you have any corrections or would like to add anything, please comment. Salience: Saliency is far less common and has no meanings of its own. Sanction: an antagonym, … [Read more...]

Quick entries: R

Note: Many of the entries here will eventually become full-length posts. Some are rough and have not been fully researched. If you have any corrections or would like to add anything, please comment. Radios: not radioes. Rainwater: The one-word spelling is accepted, but it is commonly … [Read more...]

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