Aspects of Poetry

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To be able to explain the aspects of poetry to you all, I thought I would break the mini lesson down into two parts. It will help you understand the differences between a poem and a sonnet, and will make it easier to absorb all of the components involved.
First we will start with a sonnet. Let’s start by talking about just what a sonnet is. “Before Shakespeare’s day, the word “sonnet” meant simply “little song,” i.e., a short lyric poem” (, 2010). By the 1200’s, the sonnet had come to be known as a form of poetry that is comprised of 14 lines.
The first type of sonnet was the Italian version, also known as the Petrarchan sonnet. The Italian sonnet is separated into two segments by two different clusters of rhyming
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She also writes “My love is such that rivers cannot quench”….here she is making a comparison of the extreme love she feels for her husband with a physical thirst that not even a river can satisfy. That statement is intense! Lastly, Bradstreet writes “Then while we live, in love let's so persevere…That when we live no more, we may live ever”…. Such is the adoration for her husband that she is expressing that their love will continue even in death.
Using an effective word choice in a poem will make or break a poem. It is the wording that will help get the author’s point across to the reader. “Words are capable of creating beauty or ugliness, creating mood, creating imagery, sounds, and smells” (Taylor, M, 2006). After reading this poem over and over again, I can say that I feel the love that Bradstreet is expressing. This is a great example of using the right words to get a point across. Whether you’re reading a poem or an epic novel, if you are not choosing the right words, you will not grab your readers.

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