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Poetry Terms That Start with the Letter B


Bacchic - Meter consisting of three syllables per feet. The sequence is one short, two long.

Ballad - A poem that tells a story in the same vein as a legend or folk tale and repeats a refrain throughout.
Example: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Ballade - A type of poem consisting of three stanzas containing seven, eight or ten lines each followed by an envoy, a stanza with four or five lines. The last line of each stanza is usually a repeating line.
Example: Ballade of a Ship by Edwin Arlington Robinson.

Bard - One of the poetry terms used to describe a person who writes poetry. Originated during Gaelic times. The most famous bard in history is none other than William Shakespeare. In fact, the great poet and playwright is affectionately called by his many wondering fans "The Bard."

Blank verse - One of many poetry terms that describes a type of poetry in iambic pentameter. Blank verse is unrhymed iambic pentameter.

Brachycatalectic - A metrical line missing two or more syllables.

Breve - In classical verse, the mark placed above a syllable to indicate it is unstressed.

Bucolic - A pastoral poem that often express religious or ethical themes.

Burlesque - A type of poem that parodies another literary work or historical personality.

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