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Poetry Is a form of literary art in which language is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its apparent meaning.

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Questions regarding a sonnet? [migrated]

I have two questions regarding this sonnet by William Wordsworth: The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in Nature that is ...
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When and how did the meaning of the word “sheath” change?

In the poem So, we'll go no more a roving Lord Byron writes For the sword outwears its sheath, And the soul wears out the breast. When I read the poem by myself it took the usual meaning ...
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The Hill (from Spoon River anthology) - Exact meaning of a verse

I was reading an Italian translation of the following verse from "The Hill": They brought them dead sons from the war, And daughters whom life had crushed, ... The translation is ambiguous on ...
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Does this sentence make sense?

Does this make sense in a creative sense and it is grammatically or structurally correct? A heart so pure angel would implore What I'm trying to get at is "a heart so pure that it makes angels ...
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Word for the way a leaf falls [closed]

What is a single word that describes the back and forth way a leaf falls to the ground? I don’t think float or flutter quite capture the movement. Does ‘sway’ or ‘oscillate’ convey the image?
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Interpretation of “For the listener, who listens in the snow, And, nothing himself, beholds Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.” [closed]

Regarding the poem "The Snow Man" by Wallace Stevens, can anyone please help me interpret the last stanza, the part marked in bold here? One must have a mind of winter To regard the frost and the ...
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Poetry Problems

O western orb sailing the heaven, Now I know what you must have meant as a month since I walk’d, As I walk’d in silence the transparent shadowy night, As I saw you had something to tell ...
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How does uppercasing work in poems in English? [closed]

I'm not a native English speaker and my education on English poetry is non-existent. I recently run into Shakespeare Sonnet 116 (reading the book The Elements of Eloquence) and I'm confused by the use ...
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Usage of “toward” and “towards”

This is a line from Rabindranath Tagore's poem "Gitanjali": “tireless striving stretches its arms toward perfection” I've seen different sources use both 'towards' and 'toward' in the above line. ...
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What is the meaning of prefix -y in the following examples? [duplicate]

These are some exmaples from Choser: 1)He was war of me, how у stood Before hym and did of myn hood, And had ygret hym as I best koude. 2)A certein tresor that she thider ladde, And, sooth to ...
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Why are some of the words capitalized even though they do not refer to God or something Godly?

I am fairly new to poetry and I understand from the Bible that something related to God/God is usually capitalized. Why is it that in the Milton's poem, When I consider how my light is spent, the ...
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What is some poetry or famous lines/sayings on the “indifference to wealth and fame”? [closed]

I want to describe someone who is austere, stoic, having the purest soul, although living in this world full of the desires of wealth and status. Is the phrase "indifferent to wealth and fame" the ...
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What is the meaning of Mark O'Brien's “The Man in the Iron Lung” poem? [closed]

"I scream The body electric, This yellow, metal, pulsing cylinder Whooshing all day, all night In its repetitive dumb mechanical rhythm. Rudely, it inserts itself in the map of my body, Which my ...
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What is the name of the literary technique/device used where the reader is only shown one side of a dialogue?

What is the literary device used when there is a dialogue but only one speaker's side is heard/shown to the reader/audience. And how can I write this in a way that it is clear that although this ...
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What is the meaning of To Keep Tally

Here is a quot from Bloom's essay on Whitman: His knowledge and sexuality are one, and we need to ask: how does that sexual self-knowing keep tally with the meaning of all things? It refers to ...
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Does this technique that deals with syllable meters have a name?

On the poem extract below I noticed the following technique and it sounded really familiar, reminding me of punk rock songs and some strong man speeches (I know this is super vague, if I remember any ...
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What are the poetic devices used in this sentence?

In the following sentence, I'm hesitant toward which of these devices: Assonance, consonance, alliteration, repetition and rhyme is/are being used with the bold words. "Then I bethought me of a ...
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What's the origin of the phrase “fatal dower”?

I recently ran across the phrase "Constantine's fatal dower," which sounded like a quotation, so I googled it. The specific reference to Constantine that started my quest comes from Canto XIX of ...
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Term for poetic technique in which the last word of a line is the first word of the next [duplicate]

"Runs in the family" by Amanda Palmer contains the following lyrics: Strips in the city and shares all her best tricks with Me? Well, I'm well The first word of the bridge, "Me?", is ...
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What does “Passed out of record” mean?

What does the verb pass out mean in this poem of Emily Dickinson? The second stanza of the poem is following, Read then of faith That shone above the fagot; Clear strains of hymn The river could ...
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What does “spinning upon the shoals” mean?

What does the verb spin mean in this poem of Emily Dickinson? The stanza with the line in question is: Ring—for the Scant Salvation— Toll—for the bonnie Souls— Neighbor—and friend—and ...
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How to refer in English to the Spanish “consonante” and “asonante” rhymes?

Verses in Spanish language can have two types of rhyme: Consonante rhyme, in which every sound from the stressed syllable to the end are the same. Asonante rhyme, in which every vowel sound from the ...
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Seem things in some procession of the dead [closed]

What does seem mean in "Seem things in some procession of the dead" in Sunday Morning By WALLACE STEVENS poem?
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Why ”were” and not “was” in “and e’en to tell it ᴡᴇʀᴇ no easy task”?

I am reading a translation of Dante’s Inferno made by Cary in 1805. Here I cite the translator’s text for the opening of Canto I: In the midway of this our mortal life, I found me in a gloomy ...
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In a poetic structure using an AABBA scheme, should the final line's meter match the first two's? [closed]

I'm writing a poem for a class, my upper-level college written comp class, and we weren't told what structure to use but that we needed to use an established poetic structure employing verse as ...
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Zeal vs. Zest. Am I Using them Correctly Here?

Hello beautiful people, I'm writing a poem and I want to make sure I'm using "zeal" and "zest" correctly. To give context, it's about a storyteller (being I) retelling a story of a man who is giving ...
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“extinct” or “turn extinct”? [closed]

I was reading a poetry. One of its line is: "these voices need a pen before they turn extinct" Now I wonder if it should be "turn extinct" or just "extinct"?
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“Feeding off your fingers.” What does this mean? [closed]

"Feeding off your fingers." What does this mean? I'm Russian and I don't know literary English, but I'm translating the famous song Come Undone by Duran Duran. Who do you need, who do you love ...
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British / American poetry appreciation

Do native poetry enthusiast pay attention to British vs. American pronunciation when enjoying poetry? As I understand, there could be differences in rhythm and rhyme depending on the given accent, ...
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What is western persimmon?

I saw western persimmon in Leaves of Grass by the 19th-century American writer Walt Whitman. If you google it, you realize that American persimmon is also called common persimmon and eastern persimmon....
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Meter and rhythm in Poetry [closed]

Why is poetry called a 'literature in metrical form' or 'a composition forming rhythmic lines'?
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Using the metonymy “feather” to refer to an angel?

I was wondering if you can use the metonymy feather to refer to an angel(s)? Would feathers refer to several angels? Does this apply to poetry only or can I use it in other media?
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Using 'Ibid' within footnoting A Level

I am currently completing my final piece of A Level coursework for English Literature. I have cited a quote, and then the second quote is from a different place. Wrote out all the relevant details ...
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What is the equivalent of “euphony” when applied to writing?

In the details below, I use something to stand in for the word I am looking for. Speech may have euphony; writing may have something. For example, when writing about the relative sizes of items, I ...
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Can we use “whisky” to describe a squirrel going up a tree?

I am confused that the term "whisky" is used in the poem The Squirrel to describe a squirrel going up a tree (though 'whisky' denotes a drink). According to the Cambridge Dictionary, "whisky" denotes: ...
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What type of poem is this

I'm no English major. And I'm no poet either. But I love to read and I really like poetry. Anyways I found this Poem, and I hadn't seen anything like it before. Sky. Clouds sailing the soft blue ...
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pronouncing -ó in poetry [duplicate]

Do you guys know how '-ó' is pronounced? Context: The Windhover, Hopkins.       No wonder of it: shéer plód makes plough down sillion Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,       Fall, gall ...
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How should I understand these lines from As You Like It?

I am currently on my second reading of As You Like It. I am having a really hard time comprehending lines 22-25 in Act 1, scene 2. Here are those lines as they appear in the version I am reading (The ...
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What's the meaning of the phrase “be just beyond”?

This is a poem by Emily Dickinson: To wait an Hour—is long— If Love be just beyond— To wait Eternity—is short— If Love reward the end— What's the meaning of the phrase be just beyond here?
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Historical grammatically of “Do not go gentle into that good night”? [duplicate]

I am not by any means a poetry expert, but I know a bit about grammar and writing. Ergo, I can say that in Dylan Thomas’s most famous poem, Do not go gentle into that good night, the refrain that the ...
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What Does “that for” mean?

I'm trying to grasp the specific meaning of this poem. I get the sentiment, but have a hard time grasping that for destruction ice in this context. The author knows enough of hate to make a statement ...
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Meaning of the phrase “deceive the truth”

So I'm reading this poem, Milton's "How Soon Hath Time" and doing a line-by-line analysis. But I'm stuck in this line where the poet says "Perhaps my semblance might deceive the truth". Can anybody ...
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In Charles Bukowski's “Some people” what is the meaning of phrase “It's Cherub, they say”?

I'm puzzled at a phrase in Charles Bukowski's poem "Some people". The second paragraph reads: it’s Cherub, they’ll say, and they pour wine down my throat rub my chest sprinkle me with oils. ...
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Is there a name for words rhyming from two different stanzas?

Im analyzing this poem, and I noticed that none of the words rhyme with each other in a stanza, but words rhyme with another word from tge next stanza. I understand rhyme scheme is supposed to be ...
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Could someone kindly scan the word “idiot” for me, please?

Three syllables or two? I mean, YES, it is three: officially. So the dictionary says. Still, how would you scan it in an iambic line? Or would it make a good trochee?
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What's an example of a 'cheville' word in english?

The dictionary.com word of the day is 'Cheville' and it explains it as such: A word or expression whose only function is to fill a metrical gap in a verse or to balance a sentence. Can anyone give ...
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'The Secret People' a poem by G.K. Chesteron: Is “Blood runs red” a proverb or is it literary language?

The line I am referring to is as follows: The fine French kings came over in a flutter of flags and dames. We liked their smiles and battles, but we never could say their names. The blood ran ...
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Meaning of “laughing string” in a Yeats poem

Does anyone know the meaning of ‘laughing string’ in these lines by Yeats? Bred to a harder thing Than Triumph, turn away And like a laughing string Whereon mad fingers play Amid a place ...
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Meaning of “wont” in a poem [closed]

I was translating this poem by Lord Byron: If, in the month of dark December, Leander, who was nightly wont (What maid will not the tale remember?) To cross thy stream, broad ...
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What sounds better My lovely Kellisa or the lovely kellisa [closed]

Am wrting a poem for a beautiful girl in my advanced English class and the last thing I want is for her to think I don't care about her (its freshman advanced English)

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