Poetry for Education - Definitions about Poetry

POEM – Expression of thoughts, feelings, imagery in text format.

METER : Meter is the definitive pattern established for a verse (such as iambic pentameter)
The arrangement of a line of poetry by the number of syllables and the rhythm of accented (or stressed) syllables.
PROSODY : Prosody is the study of the meter, rhythm, and intonation of a poem.

RHYTHM : a strong, regular repeated pattern of sound.

FOOT : A certain number of syllables forming a line.
Normally it have a stressed and unstressed syllable.

brother bear

Rhyme : A rhyme is a repetition of similar sounds (or the same sound) in two or more words,
most often in the final syllables of lines

Refrain : A refrain is the line or lines that are repeated in music or in verse.

Caesura : In meter, a caesura is a complete pause in a line of poetry.

Syllable : Smallest unit sound of a word.

  1. Nucleus: Vowels are heart of syllable denoted by V(nucleus).
    Consonant are around vowel.
  2. Onset: Consonant before vowel.
  3. Coda: Consonant after Vowel.


Open syllable: A coda-less syllable of the form V, CV, CCV, etc. (V = vowel, C = consonant) is called an open syllable or free syllable.

Closed Syllable: A syllable that has a coda (VC, CVC, CVCC, etc.) is called a closed syllable or checked syllable.

Diphthong: Multiple vowel in same nucleus is called Diphthong. CVVC – here VV is dipthong like word height.


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