GLOSSARY OF POETIC TERMS

VERSION 3.0


by Ian Lancashire, Department of English, University of Toronto
© 1999-2002

Indexes: [ by Poet | by Title | by First Line | by Timeline | by Days of the Year | by Keyword | Criticism on Poetry | Canadian Poetry | Introduction ]
Related Materials: [ Encoding Guidelines | Questions and Answers | Preface | UT English Library]


This version of RPO, 3.0, contains all poems in the editions of 1912, 1916, 1935-46, and 1962-67, and dozens of other poets. See the "What's New" file for additions made since 1994. Recommended by the British Broadcasting Corp.


A

Acatalectic | Accent | Accentual verse | Accentual-syllabic verse | Acephalous | Acrostic | Action poetry | Adonic | Aesthetic Movement | Alcaics | Alexandrine | Allegory | Alliteration | Allusion | Ambiguity | Amphibrach | Amphimacer | Amplification | Anachronism | Anacoluthon | Anacreontic verse | Anacrucis | Anadiplosis | Anagram | Analepsis | Analogue | Anapest | Anaphora | Antepenultima | Anthropomorphism | Antibacchic | Antiphon | Antispast | Antistrophe | Antithesis | Antonomasia | Antonymy | Aphesis | Aphorism | Apocope | Aporia | Aposiopesis | Apostrophe | Archaism | Archetype | Asclepiad | Assonance | Asyndeton | Atmosphere | Aubade (Provençal) | Augustan | Aureate language

B

Bacchic | Ballad | Ballade | Ballad stanza | Bard | Bathos | Beat poets | Black Mountain Poets | Blank verse | Blues | Bob | Bombast | Bouts rimés | Bretan lay | Broadside ballads | Broken rhyme | Bucolic | Burden | Burlesque | Burns stanza or meter

C

Cacophony | Cadence | Caesura | Canon | Canto | Canzone | Carol | Caroline | Carpe diem | Catachresis | Catalectic | Catalogue verse | Celtic revival | Chanson | Chant royale | Chiasmus | Choka | Choliamb | Choree | Choriamb | Cinquain | Circumlocution | Clerihew | Closed couplet | Cockney School of Poetry | Common measure | Complaint | Conceit | Concrete poetry | Confessional poetry | Connotation | Consonance | Content words | Convention | Corona | Counting-out rhymes | Couplet | Cretic | Curtal sonnet

D

Dactyl | Débat | Deictic | Denotation | Didactic verse | Dimeter | Dirge | Dissonance | Distich | Dithyramb | Dizain | Doggerel | Double dactyl | Dramatic monologue | Dream vision | Duplet

E

Ear poetry | Echoism | Eclogue | Elegiac stanza | Elegy | Elision | Ellipsis | End-stopped | Enjambement | Envoy | Epic | Epic simile | Epigram | Epigraph | Epistle | Epistrophe | Epitaph | Epithalamion | Epitrite | Epizenxis | Epode | Euphony | Exemplum | Eye-rhyme

F

Fabliau | Feminine ending or rhyme | Figure of speech | Fixed and unfixed forms | The Fleshly School of Poetry | Flyting | Folk song | Foot | Formula | Found poem | Fourteener | Free verse

G

Georgian | Georgic poems | Ghazal | Glyconic | Gnomic verse | Graveyard School | Grue

H

Haiku | Hemistich | Hendecasyllabic | Hendiadys | Heptameter | Heroic couplet | Hexameter | Horatian ode | Hovering stress | Hudibrastic poetry | Hymn | Hyperbaton | Hyperbole | Hypercatalectic | Hypermetric

I

Iamb, iambus | Iambic trimeter | Ictus | Idyll | Image | Imagism | In Memoriam stanza | Internal rhyme | Ionic | Irony | Isochronous Metre | Isocolon | Italian sonnet

J

K

Kenning | Kyrielle

L

Light verse | Limerick | Line | Litotes | Little Willy | Liverpool poets | Lyric

M

Macaronic verse | Madrigal | Maker | Masculine ending or rhyme | Metaphor | Metaphysical poets | Metonymy | Metre | Miltonic sonnet | Mock epic | Mock-heroic | Molossus | Monometer | Motif | Muses

N

Naga-uta | Negative capability | Neoclassicism Neologism | Nonsense verse

O

Objectification | Objective correlative | Occasional poem | Occupatio | Octave | Octameter | Octosyllabic | Ode | Onomatopeia | Ottava rima | Overstatement | Oxymoron

P

Paeon | Palindromes | Palinode | Panegyric | Pantoum | Paradox | Paralipsis | Parallelism | Parataxis | Parody | Paronomasia | Pastiche | Pastoral | Pathetic fallacy | Pattern poetry | Patun | PEN | Pentameter | Periphrasis | Persona | Personification | Petrarchan sonnet | Pherecratean | Phonemic alphabet | Phonolexis | Pindaric ode | Pleonasm | Poem | Poesy | Poetaster | Poetic diction | Poetic license | Poet Laureate | Poetry | Poet's corner | Polyptoton | Polysyndeton | Portmanteau word | Poulter's Measure | Prizes for poetry | Proceleus maticus | Prolepsis | Prose poem | Prosody | Prosopopoeia | Prothalamion | Pun | Pure poetry | Purple passage | Pyrrhic | Pythiambic

Q

Quadruplet | Quantitative metre | Quatrain | Quintain

R

Refrain | Renga | Reverdie | Rhetorical question | Rhyme | Rhyme royal, rime royale | Rhythm | Rime couée | Rhopalic verse | Romanticism | Rondeau | Rondel, roundel | Roundelay

S

Sapphic verse | Scansion | Scheme | scop | Septet | Sestet | Sestina | Sextain | Shakespearean sonnet | Sick verse | Silent stress | Simile | Singlet | Skeltonic verse | Slack | Sonnet | Spasmodic School | Spenserian stanza | Spondee | Sprung rhythm | Stanza | Stichomythia | Stress | Strophe | Sublime | Syllabic verse | Syllable | Symbol | Symbolist Movement | Synaeresis, synaloepha | Syncope | Synecdoche | Synesthesia | Syzygy

T

Tanka | Tautology | Telestich | Tercet, terzet | Terza rima | Terzain | Tetrameter | Theme | Tone | Tornada | Travesty | Tribrach | Trimeter | Triolet | Triplet | Trochee | Trope

U

Ubi sunt | Understatement

V

Vers de société | Verse | Verse paragraph | Vers libre | Victorian | Villanelle | Virelay | Voiced and unvoiced

W

Wheel

X

Y

Z

Zeugma