A tale of verse, often using animals or inanimate objects as characters, that illistrates or teaches a moral.
A ribald or cynical tale in verse. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales contain some examples.
Humorous or witty writings.
An unstressed syllable at the end of a line. This is sometimes called light ending.
A stressed syllable is followed by an unstressed syllable.
Poetry that is personal in nature, often lacking moral or sexual restraints.
Language in which the literal meaning of words have been ignored in order to imply or show a relationship between diverse things. See trope.
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A mode or expression of words used out of their original context.
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An term for the division of a poem. See canto, stanza.
A rhythmic or metrical unit; the division in verse of a group of syllables, one of which is long or accented.
The metrical or stanzaic organization of poetry.
A poem often created from prose found in non-poetic format.
A fourteen syllable iambic line, or seven feet, often found in English poetry.
A form that does not obey the metrical rules of versification. The free often refers to the freedom from fixed patterns of meter and rhyme. Often writers will employ poetic devices such as assonance, alliteration, imagery, caesura, etc.