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Introduction to Poetry

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Patricia Chung

on 17 October 2011

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Transcript of Introduction to Poetry

Poetic Genres Narrative Narrative poems are stories involving events and characters. The author will often write in first person, using "I". The characters in the poem often have their own opinions and will express them through dialogue Lyric Lyric poems are not meant to tell a story. Rather, they are usually short pieces from one person's point of view, expressing a state of mind or a perception, thought or feeling.

Be aware that the use of "I" does NOT necessarily refer to the poet's personal feelings on the topic

A popular common form of Lyric Poetry comes in the form of a sonnet Sonnet A sonnet's first four lines typically introduce the topic. A sonnet usually follows an a-b-a-b rhyme pattern.

Traditionally, in sonnets English poets use iambic pentameter, Shakespearean sonnets being especially notable. Ballad The popular ballad is also known as the folk ballad. It is a song, which tells a story.

The most common stanza form called the ballad stanza is a quatrain with a rhyming pattern of: abab

The narrator begins with the climactic episode, tells the story by means of action and dialogue and tells it without the expression of personal feelings or self reference Free Verse Free verse is just what it says it is - poetry that is written without proper rules about form, rhyme, rhythm, and meter. In free verse the writer makes his/her own rules. The writer decides how the poem should look, feel, and sound.
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