iUniverse How To: The Mechanics of Poetry – Part I

iUniverse: Mechanics of Poetry

iUniverse: Mechanics of Poetry

If you want to write poetry, you should familiarize yourself with some of the literary devices that poets use. In this article, iUniverse presents some of the literary terms used, their definitions and examples.

alliteration – the repetition of a consonant sound, usually at the beginning of two or more words in a line of verse:

“He clasps the crag with crooked hands” – Alfred Lord Tennyson

apostrophe – a figure of speech in which words are addressed to a person, thing or personified idea, such as death, truth or nature:

“Swiftly walk o’er the western wave,/Spirit of the Night!” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

assonance – the repetition of the same vowel sound in a line of verse:

“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills”

– William Wordsworth

blank verse – unrhymed verse generally written in iambic pentameter:

“I fancied when I looked at six o’clock
the swarm still ran and scuttled just as fast.”

– Robert Frost

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Posted on October 18, 2013, in iUniverse, iUniverse Writer's Tip. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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