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Verse is a term that refers to various parts of poetry, such as a single line of poetry, a stanza, or the entire poem.
Alliteration is a technique that makes use of repeated sound at the beginning of multiple words, grouped together. It is used in poetry and prose.
Classicism is a term used to describe literature that reflected the thoughts and ideas from Ancient Greece and Rome.
A chronicle is an account of events that occurs in the order that they happened in. The term is usually associated with historical events.
The New Apocalypse or New Apocalyptics grouping was a selection of poets from the United Kingdom during the 1940s.
An expletive is a grammatical assertion that starts with words like “it,” “here,” and “there,” or includes words like “in fact,” “so,” or “indeed.”
An amphimacer is a metrical foot that consists of three syllables. It’s the opposite of an amphibrach.
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