D ANCING D OLPHINS B Y P AUL M C C ANN Those tidal thoroughbreds that tango through the turquoise tide. Their taut tails thrashing they twist in tribute to the titans. They twirl through the trek tumbling towards the tide. Throwing themselves towards those theatrical thespians
The repetition of vowel sounds followed by different consonants in two or more stressed syllables.
W EST B EAST E AST B EAST Upon an island hard to reach, The East Beast sits upon his beach. Upon the west beach sits the West Beast. Each beach beast thinks he’s the best beast. Which beast is best?…Well, I thought at first That the East was best and the West was worst. Then I looked again from the west to the east And I liked the beast on the east beach least.
Poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter lines.
E XCERPT FROM M ACBETH BY A N E XCERPT FROM M ACBETH B Y : W ILLIAM S HAKESPEARE Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing
A pair of rhyming lines, usually of the same length and meter.
“H USH LITTLE BABY, DON ' T SAY A WORD," Hush little baby, don't say a word, Papa's gonna buy you a mockingbird. And if that mockingbird won't sing, Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring. And if that diamond ring turns to brass, Papa's gonna buy you a looking glass. And if that looking glass gets broke, Papa's gonna buy you a billy goat. And if that billy goat won't pull, Papa's gonna buy you a cart and bull. And if that cart and bull turn over, Papa's gonna buy you a dog named Rover. And if that dog named Rover won't bark, Papa's gonna buy you a horse and cart. And if that horse and cart fall down, You'll still be the sweetest little baby in town!
Poetry that is not written in a regular rhythmical pattern, or meter. Seeks to capture the rhythms of speech.
T EENAGERS BY : A LEXANDRA L AVERN N EUSEN Surrounded by temptation persuasion from your peers actions done on impulse the thoughts of distant years anger for no reason and rage for silly things feelings always flowing too many now to seize yelling in frustration at those who've done no wrong restless and relentless just some wonderful teenage fun
The repetition of sounds at the ends of words. Occurs when the rhyming words appear in the same line. Occurs when the rhyming words come at the end of lines. A regular pattern of rhyming words in a poem.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, (Edgar Allan Poe) Swans sing before they die—’twere no bad thing Should certain persons die before they sing (Samuel Taylor Coleridge) Bid me to weep, and I will weep While I have eyes to see; And having none, and yet I will keep A heart to weep for thee. (Robert Herrick)
Anything that stands for or represents something else. An object that serves as a symbol has its own meaning, but also represents abstract ideas.
T HE R OAD N OT T AKEN BY : R OBERT F ROST Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.