EDreosso - Questions About Poetry
[author: Erik Dreosso - postdate: 2007-10-24]
- What is a poem?
A poemi is a self-contained text which makes sense as it stands.
- In which way is different from ordinary speech?
A poem is different from ordinary speech because it is organized into lines, it is organized into stanzas, it often has rhymes and its length is decided by the poet
- How are words selected and arranged into a poem?
They are carefully selected by the poet because the order of words is essential to produce a wide range of sound patterns.
- What is rhyme and what does it depend on?
Rhyme is an identical vowel sound in the final syllable of a line and the coming lines.
- What is rhythm and what does it depend on?
Rhythm is a recurrence of stresses in the lines decided by the poet to give a musical movement to the poem.it consists of different patterns of stressed and unstressed syllables in different combinations.
- What is an internal rhyme?
An internal rhyme is when rhyme occurs within the line
- What is an alliteration?
An alliteration is the repetition of the initial consonant sound in two or more words in a line or consecutives lines.
- What is an assonance?
An assonance is the repetition of the same vowel sound within a line or at the end of a line.
- What is a consonance?
A consonance 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 metric food
- What does a metric food consist of?
It consist of stressed and unstressed syllables alternating in several combinations
- Which is the pattern of a iambic foot?
The pattern of a iambic foot is when an unstressed syllable is followed by a stressed one
- Which is the pattern of a trochaic foot?
The pattern of a trochaic foot is when a stressed syllable is followed by an unstressed one
- Why is the layout important?
The layout is important because it distinguish poetry from prose, it creates pauses, it gives prominence to words, it reinforces syntax and punctuation.
- What is a stanza?
A stanza is a group of lines
- What is free verse?
Free verse is a verse that has no regular metre or line length.
- What is denotation?
Denotation is when you try to explain the poem with your own words
- What is connotation?
It is what the word suggests, the associations the word elicits in the reader.
- What is a lyric form of poetry?
It is a poem that directly expresses the personal thoughts, the emotions of a single speaker.
- What are figures of speech and what is their role? Give examples.
Figures of speech are:
- personification: when the poet attributes human characteristics and feelings to animals and inanimate things (ex. Immortal Alps look down)
- simile: an explicit comparison which uses “like”, ”as” or “as if” to jin two unlike things. ( I weep like a child)
- metaphor: an implied comparison which omits the linking word, who creates a total identification between the two things being compared.
- symbol: a concrete item which stands for a cluster of meanings rather than clear-cut references