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Poetry Terms That Start with the Letter M


Masculine rhyme - One of the many poetry terms in reference to rhyme. A masculine rhyme is one that occurs with a final stressed syllable, unlike the feminine rhyme.
Example: The cat sat on the hat.

Metaphor - A figure of speech comparing two unlike things in which one is said to be the other.
Example: ”All the world’s indeed a stage and we are merely players” by the rock group Rush. OK, so Shakespeare thought of it first.

Meter - One of the most basic poetry terms. Meter is how poetry is measured. Feet consisting of stressed and unstressed syllables determine one line of meter.

Metonymy - Refers to a figure of speech much like a metaphor in which two closely associated items are compared by substituting the one for the other.
Example: ”The pen is mightier than the sword” substitutes pen for the written word and sword for military power.

Mora (plural = morae) - Some poetry terms, like mora, are difficult to define. The definition of mora is hotly debated in linguistic circles, but it is loosely defined as a unit of sound that determines syllable weight in certain languages. It is a fine distinction between syllables in that syllable weight leads to stress or timing principles in metric verse. Therefore, some syllables in most languages may contain more than one mora.

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