Literature

Terza rima

Terza rima is a poetic form consisting of tercets connected by an interlinking rhyme scheme in which the second line of one stanza rhymes with the first and third lines of the following stanza—aba bcb cdc ded efe, etc. The form, which was introduced by Dante in his La Divina Commedia, originally ended with a single line rhyming with the second line of the preceding stanza, but over the centuries poets have used different endings. Terza rima creates a strong sense …

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Ideogram

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 letterlike symbols are sometimes known as pictograms. Poetic ideograms In poetry, an ideogram is a group of juxtaposed words and phrases meant to represent a feeling or an idea. Ezra …

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Dactyl

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

Foot

Through the history of poetry, a metrical foot has meant many different things. Today, with regard to modern poetry in English, a foot is usually thought of as a stressed syllable along with its attendant unstressed syllables. So, in general, a line of poetry contains as many feet as there are stressed syllables. For example, the Wallace Stevens line, This single place in which we are and stay, has five stressed syllables—sing, place, which, are, and stay—which give it five …

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Trochee

in poetry, a metrical foot consisting of a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed one.