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Line Break Up versus Stanzas
Transcript of Line Break Up versus Stanzas
Another of a poem’s divisions is the
, which is a grouping of two or more lines within a poem.
The space between stanzas is known as a
Poetry is the only genre in which form matters as much as content.
Where should a line end?
Beginning writers of free verse poetry (free form) are often confounded by line breaks and how to handle them
Lines end after a certain number of
words that rhyme.
, Line and stanza breaks are ultimately up to the poet
Why are line breaks and stanzas important?
help the reader know how to read a poem out loud or silently.
signal the briefest of rests, breaths, or silences.
honors the rhythm and emphasis placed there by the poet.
Most poets end their lines on strong words: nouns, verbs, adjectives, or adverbs.
Slicing a line at a weak word (an article, conjunction, or preposition) forces the reader to pause at an insignificant moment in the poem, rather than at a point of meaning.
Line Break up
Poems have shorter lines than paragraphs,
The place where a poet chooses to end one line and begins another is called a
Thus, the ends of lines are called
is meant to be spoken.
Think of the
you want to give your words.
Explore breaking the line at different places,
Whisper reading to yourself, to see which line break gives your poem the
rhythm and meaning you most desire.