What is poetry?
– Poetry is a literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm. It is also a kind of writing wherein the author tries to create an imaginative piece through his or experience in language chosen and arrange to make a specific emotional response through meaning, sound and pace.
2. Give the titles of three poems that you have read?
– The title of three poems that I already have read are “Annabel Lee “by Edgar Allan Poe, “Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening” by Robert Frost, and “The passionate Shepherd to his love” by Christopher Marlowe.
3. Identify and explain at least three forms/types of poetry. Give appropriate examples.
– There are three major forms in poetry and they are: lyric poetry, narrative poetry, and didactic poetry. Lyric poetry is a short and non-narrative poem in which the speaker describes the state of mind and the emotional state of someone. Lyric poetry is originated from a song and it has some of its elements. A lyric poetry has also many forms and they are “Ode” which a long lyric poem with serious themes like Wordsworth’s Hymn to Duty, while “Elegy” is a lyric poem typically for lamenting a dead for example is Gray’s Elegy written in a Churchyard, and “Sonnet” which a poem of fourteen lines using any number of formal rhyme schemes and use as a love poem and used to pronounced a lover’s sorrows, miseries, pleasures and hopes. Some of the famous examples of sonnet are the Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare and Sonnet 43 (How do I love thee?) written by Elizabeth Barret Browning. The second form of poetry is the narrative. Narrative poetry is written in the form which serves as the account of connected events and concerns with narration. Narrative poems might tell of a love story (like Tennyson’s Maud), the account of a father and son (like Wordsworth’s Michael) or the deeds of a hero or heroine (like Walter Scott’s Lay of the Last Minstrel). It is also categorized into three which are the epic, mock-epic and ballad. Epic poetry is written poem use to celebrates the deeds of a hero for example, Homer’s ancient Greek epic The Odyssey. Mock-epicis a poem which ridicules or scorns heroic character and styles. A famous example is Pope’s The Rape of the Lock, which conveys the tale of a young beauty whose suitor secretly cuts off a lock of her hair. The last category of narrative poetry is ballad which is a poem that narrates a story in short stanzas for example is the ballad about King Arthur. The last form of poetry is Didactic poetry. The purpose of a didactic poem is principally to teach some lesson. This can take the form of very precise instructions, such as how to catch a fish, as in James Thomson’s The Seasons (Spring 379-442) or ways of writing good poetry as we have in Pope’s Essay on Criticism.
4. What are the essential features of the language of poetry?
– In understanding poetry, we need to give focuses on our compassion or warmth on its language chosen, histories, overtones, rhythms, meanings, and suggestions. By building a strong relationship with poetry and its language, we can able to start getting the urge to identify instances of beauty, sensations to meanings in a single phrase, and in a well-turned line. And for us to understand the language of poetry, we need to learn and know the essential features of it.
- Poetry and sounds patterns. It is the sound of a well-chosen words that can strengthen a mood or make an idea more forceful. That’s why most of the poets use alliterations, onomatopoeia, rhyme and many literary devices to achieve more special sound effects of words. Alliteration is the occurrence of the same letter and sound at the beginning of adjacent connected words. Assonance is the repetition of the sound of a vowel in nonrhyming stressed syllables near enough to each other for the echo to be discernible. And rhyme is the lines that have or end with a sound that corresponds to another.