Poetry

Topics: Poetry, Rhyme, Percy Bysshe Shelley Pages: 5 (1322 words) Published: September 20, 2013
person. Instead, show all the details (the "evidence") that will let readers figure this out on their own.

(Safety tip: if the fight was with someone you are currently living with, you might not want to leave the poem lying around the house. Just thought I'd mention this).

A ballad

A ballad is a rhyming narrative poem written in a form that can be sung to music. Ballads most often use the rhyme scheme abcb. This means that in a group of four lines, the second line rhymes with the fourth one. The first and third line do not rhyme. Here's part of a ballad by William Blake (1757-1827). I have written the letters a, b, and c to mark the end rhymes. The Maiden caught me in the Wild,(a)

Where I was dancing merrily;(b)
She put me into her Cabinet,(c)
And Lockd me up with a golden key.(b)

Poem types - write a ballad!
Topic ideas:
A time you fell in love at first sight... or thought you did. A car accident.
A time you received bad news. Don't tell the reader how you felt about the news. Instead, show the details of the place and situation where you heard the news, doing this in a way that expresses your feelings. Think of how, in movies, the camera zooms in on objects to create a mood. See if you can do the same thing in the poem.

 

A Definition Of Poetry

What is poetry?

The question "What is poetry" used to be easier to answer. If it rhymed and had a regular meter (a type of rhythm), it probably was a poem. As they say,  "If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck.”

These days, not all poems rhyme or fit into standard forms. And if you look for a response to the question, "What is poetry?" you'll find lots of musings about how extremely important and meaningful poetry is, how it's the true essence of our world, the oxygen that keeps us alive, etc. Some of this is interesting, but most of it isn't very helpful if what you're looking for is an actual explanation. One reason why it's so hard to get a straight answer on the subject is that people disagree about what should and shouldn't be considered poetry.

Here are some general differences between poetry and prose (prose is writing that's not poetry), that you can use as a practical definition of poetry.

Definition of poetry - line structure: The easiest way to recognize poetry is that it usually looks like poetry (remember what they say about ducks). While prose is organized with sentences and paragraphs, poetry is normally organized into lines. Here's part of a poem by Robert Herrick (1591–1674). See how it looks like poetry?

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day 
To-morrow will be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun, 
The higher he 's a-getting, 
The sooner will his race be run, 
And nearer he 's to setting.
 
Now here's the same part of the poem, organized in a paragraph as if it were prose.

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying: and this same flower that smiles to-day to-morrow will be dying. The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun, the higher he 's a-getting, the sooner will his race be run, and nearer he 's to setting.

If you print a page in prose, the ends of the lines depend on where the margin is. With a bigger font size or a bigger margin, the lines are shorter. But in poetry, the poet decides where the lines end. This choice is an essential part of how we hear and see a poem. It affects how fast or slowly we read, and where we pause when we're reading. It causes certain words to stand out more or less. It affects the way the poem looks to us on the page; for example, is there a lot of white space, giving us a feeling of lightness and air, or are the words packed solidly together? 

Definition of poetry - importance of physical aspects of language: Poetry, more than prose, communicates through the way the...
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