"Traditional poetry"- applies to the classical forms in rhyme, meter, and language. The later Modernist or Postmodernist forms have the spirit and content of poetry, but lack the traditional organization. Critics of free verse and other forms often allude to traditional forms as "proper poetry". Characteristics of Traditional Poetry
Rhyme scheme – organized patterns of rhyme in poetry. Not all poems have
Meter – the rhythm or “pattern of accented and unaccented syllables in the lines of a poem.
Alliteration – repeating of beginning consonant sounds
Creamy and crunchy”
Assonance – repetition of vowel sounds.
Till the shining scythes went far and wide
And cut it down to dry
Consonance – repetition of consonant sounds anywhere in the words.
The sailor sings of ropes and things
In ships upon the seas
End rhyme – rhyming of words at the ends of two or more lines of poetry
She always had to burn a light
Beside her attic bed at night
Internal rhyme – rhyming of words within one line of poetry
Jack Sprat could eat no fat
Peter Peter pumpkin eater
Onomatopoeia – use of a word whose sound makes you think of its meaning
buzz, gunk, gushy, swish, zigzag, zing, zip
Repetition – repeating of a word or phrase to add rhythm or to emphasize an
Suddenly there came a tapping, as of someone
gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. Stanza – a division in a poem named for the number of lines it contains
Couplet – two lines
Sestet – six lines
Triplet – three lines
Septet – seven lines
Quatrain – four lines
Octave – eight lines
Forms of Traditional Poetry
Ballad – a poem which tells a story
- Ballad of Davy Crockett
Blank Verse – unrhymed poetry with meter. The lines are 10 syllables in Length. Every other syllable, beginning with the second...
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