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In contexts unrelated to poetry, an ideogram is a character or symbol that represents a thing or an idea without expressing its pronunciation. For example, many street signs—such as those in the U.S. representing “construction ahead,” “handicap parking,” or “no parking”—are ideograms. Ideograms that use pictures rather than letters or …

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A foot composed of two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed one.

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= in poetry, a metrical foot consisting of one accented syllable followed by two unaccented ones.

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: (in poetry) consisting of lines of varying lengths.

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(in poetry) composed of lines of uniform length.

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Palindrome (poetry)

a poem, line, or sentence that reads the same both forward and backward, either letter by letter or word by word.

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= an intentionally mixed metaphor or strained figure.


Apostrophe (poetry)

a figure of speech in which a speaker addresses an imaginary or abstract thing.

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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 Classicism,” was …

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Close rhyme

= rhymes that are close together.