Poetry IDEA Vocabulary

Kendra Petrea

Figurative Language

Definition: You are using figurative language any time you compare two things: imagery, simile, metaphor, alliteration, personification, onomatopoeia, hyperbole

Example: In a sentence like "You were as dirty as a pig" you will use a simile

Sentence: You use figurative language a lot when you explain things like pictures of something with imagery.


Definition: The general character or attitude of a piece of writing (what the author feels)

Example: A conversation between a father and son that shows an exciting tone: Father "We are going on vacation." Son"That's great!!!"

Sentence:The tone of the story should be how the author makes you feel after reading the story.


Definition: The atmosphere or pervading tone of something (what the reader feels)

Example: In the story Romeo&Juliet, the mood will be sad at the end because they both die.

Sentence: If a story talks about someone in a relationship and that they are happy then it should make you feel happy when you read it, so that is the mood.

Rhyme Scheme

Definition: The ordered pattern of rhymes at the ends of the lines of a poem or verse

Example: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star has a rhyme scheme of AABB

Sentence:usually when people make music they use a rhyme scheme for each verse or line in the song.


Definition: Writing arranged with a metrical rhythm, typically having a rhyme: a group of lines that form a unit in a poem or song; a stanza

Example: After the Sea-Ship by Walt Whitman is a free verse poem that does not follow any pattern or have a rhyme scheme.

Sentence:A verse would be like a line in a song that you listen too.