Robert Johnson: Verse Analysis

speaker:

the owner of the poem's voice, also the persona

dramatic situation:

the where and when; the locale

tone:

the poet's or speaker's attitude in style or expression toward the material

mood:

the emotion the verse inspires in the reader

alliteration:

also "head rhyme" or "initial rhyme." The repetition of the initial consonant of stressed syllables in neighboring words or at short intervals within a line or passage

assonance:

the close juxtaposition of the same or similar vowel sounds with different end consonants in a line or passage, a "vowel rhyme"

imagery:

figurative language used to evoke impressions of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch

symbolism:

use of imagery to convey an abstract idea or emotion

metaphor:

figurative language in which one word or phrase replaces an unlike subject, suggesting an analogy between the two

simile:

figurative language in which an explicit comparison is made between to unlike things using the words "like", "as", or "than"

scan:

the marking of verse lines to demonstrate a metrical structure and syllable stresses

theme:

the central idea or topic

plot:

the plan, design, scheme, or pattern of events

comment:

personal reaction, short essay, critical discussion

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