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EGalopin - Questions About Poetry
[author: Emilio Galopin - postdate: 2007-10-16]

What is a poem?

A poem is a self-contained text, which makes sense as it stands.

In which way is it different from ordinary speech?

It is organized into lines and it makes a peculiar use of the language.

How are words selected and arranged into a poem?

In poems words are selected and arranged so as to produce a wide range of sound patterns.

What is rhyme ah what does it depend on?

Rhyme is the repetition of identical or similar sound in two or more different words.

What is rhythm and what does it depend on?

Rhythm is a word of Greek origin meaning "flowing", poetry is rhythmical in the sense that the recurrence of stresses in the lines  flows according to a musical movement decided by the poet

What is an internal rhyme? Is a rhyme that occurs within the line.

What do we mean by a rhyme scheme? 

It is the pattern of rhyming lines in a poem or in lyrics for music. It is usually referred to by using letters to refer to rhyming lines .

What is alliteration?

It is the repetition of the same consonant or syllable at the beginning or within two or more adjoining words.

What is assonance?

It is the repetition of the same vowel sound within a line or at the end of a line.

What is consonance?

It is the repetition of the same consonant sound within a line or at the end of a line.

Which is the basic unit of rhythm?

The basic unit of rhythm is the foot.

What does a metric foot consist of?

It consist of stressed and unstressed syllables alternating in several combination described by different names.

Which is the pattern of iambic foot?

The pattern of iambic foot is: an unstressed syllable, followed by a stressed one as in the phrase "in lands".

What is the pattern of trochaic foot?

The pattern of trochaic foot is: a stressed syllable, followed by an unstressed one as in the word "portrait".

Why is the layout important?

It is the most obvious way of signalling to the reader that s/he is about to read a poem.

What does the layout add to meaning?

The arrangement into lines can create pauses which affect the reading pace and the meaning of the text.

What is an onomatopoeia? Provide an example.

It is a word or a grouping of words imitating the sound it is describing,  such as "click" or "buzz".

What is a stanza?

It is the arrangement of lines and/or group of lines.

What is free verse?

It is a term describing various styles of poetry that are not written using strict meter or rhyme, but that  are still recognizable as poetry.

What is denotation?

It is the literal meaning of a word.

What is connotation?

It is what the word suggests, the association the word irecalls to the reader.


What is a lyric form of poetry?

A lyric form of poetry is a poem that express directly the personal thoughts, emotions and moods of a single speaker.

What are figures of speech and what is their role?

 A figure of speech is a word or phrase that departs from straightforward, literal language.

  • Simile is a comparison of two different things

  • A  Metaphor is language that directly compares seemingly unrelated subjects.

  • A Symbol is something that leads you to something different

  • A Hyperbole is a figure of speech in which statements are exaggerated.

  • A Paradox is a statement that leads to a contradiction

  • A Litote is a figure of speech in which a speaker, denies its opposite; for example, rather than call a person attractive, one might say she's "not too bad to look at".
  • ...