EN 1006 Lecture Notes - Enjambment, Caesura, Assonance

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alliteration: the repetition of the same initial consonant e.g. milk maid
consonance: the repetition of initial and ending consonants but with different vowel sounds e.g. live/love,
spilled/spoiled
assonance: the repetition of identical vowel sounds that are surrounded by different consonants e.g.
shame/fate, lean/beet
end-stopped: a line of poetry which ends with punctuation e.g.
This is an end-stopped line.
enjambment: a line of poetry which does not end at the end of the line, but 'pushes' itself into the next line
e.g.
This is not an end-stopped
line but rather
keeps going
caesura: a punctuated pause in a line of poetry not found at the end of the line e.g.
This is not an end-stopped
line; it is enjambed and
full. Of. Pauses.
iamb/iambic u/ deCAY da DUM
trochee/trochaic /u PURple DUM da
anapest/anapestic uu/ interRUPT da da DUM
dactyl/dactylic /uu LABouring DUM da da
spondee/spondaic // CHILDBIRTH DUM DUM
stichic - a poem not divided into stanzas or breaks
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