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Poetry Terms That Start with the Letter T


Tanka - A Japanese poetic form consisting of five lines. The first and third lines are composed of five syllables and the rest are composed of seven. Other Japanese poetry terms include haiku, senryu, and renga.

Terza rima - One of the Italian poetry terms.

The terza rima is a form that consists of 10- or 11-syllable lines in tercets (three-line stanzas) using the rhyme scheme aba bcb cdc ded, etc. Dante Alighieri invented the terza rima and used it in his play ”Divine Comedy”.

Later English poets who used the terza rima include Chaucer, John Milton, Shelley and W.H. Auden.

Tetrameter - A poetic line consisting of four metric feet.

Trochee - One of several poetry terms referencing poetic meter. A trochee is a metric foot of two syllables, one stressed followed by an unstressed syllable.

Trope - The use of words in a figurative sense rather than a literal.

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