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Poetry Terms That Start with the Letter E


Elegy - A poem that laments the death of someone. There have been many famous elegies written throughout history. One of the most famous, and most thoughtful, is Elegy Within A Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray.

Ekphrastic - A poem based on a work of art.

Enjambment - An idea that continues from one line to the next or from one couplet to the next without a pause.

Envoy - The final stanza in a poem and which is shorter than all the rest.

Epic - A long poem, generally of a serious nature, which tells the story of a heroic figure or event. Two famous epics are The Iliad and The Odyssey by the Greek poet Homer.

Epigram - A short poem using wit and humor to illustrate a point. Oscar Wilde is one of the most famous and impressive epigrammists in history.

Epistrophe (also Epiphora) - Repetition of the last word of a clause, line, sentence, verse, or stanza. The opposite of anaphora.
Example: - "Government of the people, by the people, and for the people."

Epithalamium (also, epithalamion) - A poem which honors a bride and groom.

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