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Graphic Elements of Poetry

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Andrea Schneider

on 22 October 2014

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Transcript of Graphic Elements of Poetry

Graphic Elements of Poetry
Graphic Elements of poetry refers to the ways words and lines are laid out on a page
Position of words
Appearance of words
Capital Letters
Where words are placed on a page and how they look put all together can show the relationship between the words and ideas.

Word position can show the what form of poetry it is
Capital Letters
The first letter of each line in a poem is almost always capitalized.
Some poets, like e.e. cummings, don't use capital letters at all
Used in poetry to frame whole ideas and communicate meaning
Meter is the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line (rhythm)
The length of a line affects the meaning of the words within the lines
Position and Appearance of words
A seven line poem shaped like a diamond
symmetrical, conventional
shaping, measuring, balancing
boxes, rooms, clocks, halos
encircling, circumnavigating, enclosinground, continuous

A poem with 3 lines and a specific number of syllables in each line
Silence around us
Our watchful eyes hear the world
Hands do the talking
Shape Poem
Takes on the shape of its subject
The Eagle
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.
i shall imagine life
by e.e. cummings

i shall imagine life
is not worth dying, if
(and when) roses complain
their beauties are in vain

but though mankind persuades
itself that every weed's
a rose, roses (you feel
certain) will only smile
This is just to say
by William Carlos Williams

I have eaten
the plums
that were in the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold
Groupings of lines with a set meter or rhyme and related thought.
The Elf and the Dormouse
by Oliver Herford

Under a toadstool crept a wee elf,
Out of the rain, to shelter himself.

Under the toadstool sound asleep,
Sat a big dormouse all in a heap.

Trembled the wee elf, frightened, and yet
Fearing to fly away lest he get wet.

To the next shelter - maybe a mile!
Sudden the wee elf smiled a wee smile.

Tugged till the toadstool toppled in two.
Holding it over him, gaily he flew.

Soon he was safe home, dry as could be.
Soon woke the dormouse - "Good gracious me!"

"Where is my toadstool?" loud he lamented,
And that's how umbrellas first were invented.

Performing Poetry
Stop at 2:31
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