Meter Essays

  • Personal Narrative-Meter Race

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    What causes hearts to race and adrenaline to pump? For me, it is the four by eight-hundred-meter race; this is especially true when it is the state meet. My sophomore year of indoor track was one to remember. I was on a team with three sisters; Kaitlyn, Lindsey, and Lauren. We trained from the beginning of cross country season in the fall, all the way through to indoor track in the winter. We worked every day after school. Usually, in order to advance to regions, one must compete in the conference

  • Comparing The Theme Of Death In Emily Dickinson's Mid-Term Break

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    The iambic meter used through out the poem sets a slow, unhurried pace, which reflects the journey that the persona takes, and creates a calming sense around the character of death. Dickinson’s use of hyphens also results in a sense that the lines are being carried

  • Ode On A Grevia Plath Poetry Analysis

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    There are a multitude of techniques poets use to make their poetry both pithy and complex. Due to the limitations of certain poetic forms, poets may be forced to use the devices of meter and diction to accurately express their commentary. Some poets may choose to use allusions to relate a number of scenarios to a certain theme, utilizing the historical context of these scenarios as further material for interpretation. Other poets may choose the opposite approach to economy, intentionally writing

  • The Musicality Of Emily Dickinson's Because I Could Not Stop For Death

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    to compare her poetry to music, she commands her lines and stanzas using dashes as rests and capitalization as accents. Emily Dickinson’s poetry best represents me as a songwriter because of the unique way she dictates and splits rhythms in common meters. In “Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” Dickinson uses dashes at the end of lines to signal rests, exemplified as how she interposes dashes throughout the first stanza, “because I could not stop for death - he kindly stopped for me - the carriage

  • Reflective Commentary On The Poem

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    is a poem composed of four different sections of verse; three ballad stanzas, a section of blank verse followed by a rhyming couplet and finally four stanzas of free verse. The first three sections of prose are written in predominately consistent meter, alternating iambic tetra- and trimeter in the three ballad stanzas, and iambic pentameter in the section of blank verse and the rhyming couplet. “Predominately” as there are some substitutions within two of the ballad stanzas (despite the poet’s best

  • The Strict Iambic Poem Analysis

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    variation, almost the “blood beat” of the poem with a flutter of the pulse as danger and fear threaten. Although the poem carries such a steady four beat line that the accentual meter of the Germanic poetries, almost the Old English Alliterative beat, comes to mind, this is an example not of Jennings’ usual “loose iambic” meter but of the “strict iambic” which has been termed accentual-syllable”(Fussell 11). There are eight syllables per line through-out, and Jennings appears to adapt a Romantic subject

  • Analysis Of Kissing By Fleur Adcock

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    “Kissing” by Fleur Adcock deals with the transitions in a relationship. There isn’t any noticeable rhyme scheme or meter to the poem; the syllable count is almost regular. Since the poem only has two stanzas - both focusing on a relationship very different from each other in terms of time - there is a strong contrast between the modern and the traditional relationships. To expand on this further, the events seem to have been chronologically arranged as things would progress in a relationship. Figurative

  • Essay On Modern Poetry

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    Modern poetry is in open form and free verse. It is pessimistic in tone, portraying loss in faith and psychological struggle which is quite different from the fixed forms and meters of traditional poetry. Secondly, modern poetry is fragmented in nature, containing juxtaposition, inter-textuality and allusion. It has no proper beginning, middle or end. Thirdly, modern poetry is predominantly intellectual in its appeal, rather than emotive. Fourthly, modern poetry involved symbolism, greatest example

  • Literary Devices Used In Tennyson's The Lady Of Shalott

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    The Lady of Shalott is an amazing poem written by Tennyson Alfred that is portrayed by a random person who heard the story before from someone else. The poem intertwines literary devices, figurative language, and other poetic tools to create an abstract poem that efficiently tells the story of the legend of the mysterious Lady of Shalott. This poem gives a connection between the busy, outside world and the isolate life of the Lady of Shalott. This connection represents the theme in which Tennyson

  • Elegy For Jane Literary Devices

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    the connection we have with nature. That every soul has something to contribute to the world, no matter how unnoticeable we may think it is. Through the clever and thorough use of a number of literary devices and rhyme scheme, the overall form and meter of the poem allows us to imagine the life of Jane and the impact she had on those around

  • Macbeth Literary Analysis

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    majority of Macbeth is written in iambic pentameter, the play includes occasional shifts to prose or rhymed iambic pentameter from blank verse. These shifts in meter are used primarily to set a particular section of the piece apart or to illustrate the casual aura of the particular situation. The first instance where there is a change in the meter lies in Act I, scene iii, lines 14-26 when the first witch is speaking. The transition occurs from blank verse to rhymed iambic pentameter. This aids in

  • The Voice Thomas Hardy Analysis

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    first stanza with “call to me” and “all to me”. This poem is written in dactylic tetrameter. This means that it is made up of four feet of one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables. This is different from the meter that Hardy usually uses (and is also a rare meter in general), perhaps to show how confused or unsure Hardy is about whether the sound he’s hearing is the voice of Emma or just the wind. It should be noted that this poem was written after Hardy’s wife, Emma had died. The two

  • Chong Wang Monologue

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    lying after all. While singing in his casual attire, he is on a barren stage, save a large cross, with a fiery red background to resemble Hell that reinforces the notion that he is corrupt and evil, along with his church. The piece is in a common meter with a slow march feel, along with a minor key throughout to reflect the reverend’s grievous attitude, utilizing low wind and high string voices. In his song, Blitch executes several crescendos that start with his piano pleas for forgiveness and end

  • Poem Analysis: Bonny Barbara Allen

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    Music is a powerful way to communicate. In the traditional folk ballad “Bonny Barbara Allen,” the use of syllables makes the poem more interesting. The rhythm gives this poem a musical feeling. Furthermore, the examples of alliteration and rhyme tie the poem together, and enhance its musicality. The poem uses poetic sounds to create a more interesting musical quality. The ballad’s syllables enhance interest in the poem. The first and last stanzas both have the same number of syllables per line,

  • On The Ning Nag Poem Analysis

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    The two contrasting poems I have chosen to compare historically, thematically and stylistically are, ‘THE STORY OF LITTLE SUCK-A-THUMB’ by Dr Hoffman and ‘ON THE NING NANG NONG’ by Spike Milligan. (McGough and Moxley, 2002) The 18th century was when traditional oral rhymes were put into print, from lullabies to nonsense rhymes. These rhymes are difficult to trace the origins of, however, Iona and Peter Opie suggest that most traditional oral rhymes originate from ballads, folk songs and old traditions

  • Papyrus Roll In The Pullus By Catullus

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    In the Catullus 1, titled Dedication, Catullus dedicates a papyrus roll to Cornelius. In lines one and two he uses distinctive words that give characteristics to the papyrus roll. The words he uses include: lepidum, novum, libellum, āridā, and expolītum. These words not only attribute to the physical form of the book, but also its content. Catullus describes his poetry collection in terms that refer simultaneously to the material object’s external structure and appearance and its internal material

  • Analysis Of Insomnia By Dana Gioia

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    “Now you hear what the house has to say…” This is the first line of the poem, Insomnia by Dana Gioia. This poem is about what happens at night when there is no one around and you are only left to your thoughts and the noises around you. This poem is a great representation of what it feels like to wake up with insomnia and be alone with only the darkness to keep you company. The language Gioia decides to use, fits very well in the poem. He uses descriptive phases like pipes clanking and water running

  • Blackberry Eating Poem

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    The poem “Blackberry Eating” by Galway Kinnell, Its fourteen-line length demonstrates that “Blackberry Eating” is an unrhymed, free-verse sonnet. The strict sonnet forms specify definite patterns of meter and rhyme but can also be interpreted on the basis of spirit and passion. The poem’s first eight lines, serve as an introduction of the theme, developing the theme in the direction of the sensory experience of blackberry eating. Also true to form, the poem’s last six lines, introduce a new development

  • Coal By Audre Lorde Analysis

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    diagnosed with breast cancer in 1978 and six years later, she was diagnosed with liver cancer. Audre Lorde’s poem “Coal” reflects her relationship with society and herself. This poem is written in free-verse, Lorde is not using strict traditional form or meter, allowing her to create her own system for the unique needs of her poem. This poem discusses that there are different kinds of words to be spoken and describes how the speaker feels about her own identity through an ongoing metaphor of words. She uses

  • Critical Analysis Of The Poem Wings Of Poetry

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    The first three stanzas as well as the first four lines of the fourth stanza constitute the lyrical voice’s complaint of his world, focusing on the desire to get away from such an oppressing reality (“Fade far away, dissolve, and quite forget / What thou among the leaves hast never known,” (ll. 21-22)) by Imagination, by what is called here “the wings of Poetry”. However, from line 35 to 78 the speaker is no longer surrounded by that desolated world; he is now in another dimension, reality or place