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Poetry Terms Beginning With 'K'

Poetry Terms - K. This is a comprehensive resource of poetry terms beginning with the letter K.

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In the manner/style of John Keats. See also negative capability and mansion of many apartments.

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In literature, a kenning is a compound poetic phrase, a figure of speech, substituted for the usual name of a person or thing. Kennings work in much the same way as epithets and verbal formulae, and were commonly inserted into Old English poetic lines. In its simplest form, it comprises two terms, one of which (the 'base word'), is made to relate to the other to convey a meaning neither has alone.

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"cannon-fodder" - soldiers, especially the war dead
"The devil's dandruff" - cocaine;
"Falling-over juice" - alcohol;
"The Game of Kings" - chess, horse racing and other sports;



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Poetry which gains momentum from the careful layout of the letters/words/lines on the page. See concrete poetry.

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18th century literary club whose members included: Joseph Addison, Richard Steele, William Congreve, Sir John Vanbrugh and Sir Samuel Garth. They met at the house of a pastry cook called Christopher Kat (or Cat) in Shire Lane, London. Many of the members had their portraits painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller.

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Pretentious, low-quality work which is 'thrown together'.

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Medieval French form written in rhyming couplets (though often arranged in quatrains) and featuring repeated lines or refrains. An example of a kyrielle is A Lenten Hymn by Thomas Campion.

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