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Poetry Terms

This a list of Poetry terms to help you understand poems.

SimileA comparism using like or as.
MetaphorA comparism where one thing is another.
PersonificationGiving human or living qualities to something not human.
ImageA word picture or mental picture of something not present or real.
Sensory LanguageAppeals to five senses.
AllusionReference or mension of a person or thing with which the reader is presumed to be familiar.
HyperboleExtreme exaggeration.
RepetitionRepeats the same line or phrases, which are either are in close proximity or are at the end of each stanza.
AlliterationUsing the same sound to begin a series of words.


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