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Sarah Milluzzi

on 29 April 2014

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What is great poetry? Or shall we say, what
great poetry?
Is it the poem's
depth of meaning

something else entirely
: "The rhythmic creation of beauty." - Edgar Allen Poe

To become comfortable with the sound of poetry, you must first understand terms such as

rhyme: correspondence of sounds between words
ex. The fat cat jumped the bat to eat the rat.
alliteration: repetition of initial sounds or letters
ex. Silly Sally sells seashells by the seashore.
assonance: repetition of a vowel sound within words
ex. Moses supposes his toses are roses.
FORM of Poetry
How do we rate the level of
in regards to
poetic form
First we must understand terms such as

free verse: poetry that is free from limitations of regular meter or rhythm and does not rhyme with fixed forms
meter: the varying of stressed and unstressed syllables
rhyme scheme: the ordered pattern of rhymes at the end of lines of a poem or verse
stanza: an arrangement of a certain number of lines sometimes having a fixed length, meter, or rhyme scheme, forming a division of a poem.

"Hope" is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard— 5
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

I've heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea— 10
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.
Now we must
all of our knowledge we've gained from previous areas -
Imagery, Sound, and Form
- and use them to develop an understanding for the
within each poem.
Haiku's are an easy starting point for using imagery.
Haiku make-up consists of
3 lines:

5 syllables -
I wake, reluctant;
7 syllables -
too cold to get out of bed
5 syllables -
I have to go pee.

Simply focus on capturing a
single image
. Go ahead, try it out for a while....

An ultimate guideline:
Young writers may tend to fall back on the use of
when the writing gets tough.
be original
Create a
strikingly vivid
image in the mind of your readers.
: the picture the poet creates
To fully understand and discuss
, you must first understand literary terms like the following

simile: comparison using "like" or "as"
metaphor: comparison stating one thing IS something else
hyperbole: an extreme exaggeration for effect
personification: giving life-like qualities to inanimate objects

Identify instances of these terms from the following videos
a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and re-framing them as poetry by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning.

"Mr. Bonds is a major-league baseball player," Ruby said.
Depth of Meaning
“A poem is a close relative
of the riddle – a curiosity that invites us to unravel its mystery.” - Leland Ryken
"Hope" is a Thing with Feathers by Emily Dickinson
consonance: repetition of a consonant sound within words
ex. There was a pitter-patter of rain on the pretty petals.

onomatopoeia: a word which imitates the natural sound of a thing
The bee buzzed between flowers.
"Acrostic Poetry"
a type of poetry where the letters of a word make up the lines of the poem.

"Concrete Poetry"
poetry in which the meaning or effect is conveyed partly or wholly by visual means, using patterns of words or letters
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