Poetry : I Feel Physically As If The Top Of My Head Were Taken Off

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Poetry: Part 1 “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” –Emily Dickinson. The Webster Dictionary’s definition of poetry is writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm. Several people believe poetry to be very difficult but it is easy. In order to understand how easy poetry truly is, it would be beneficial to learn how to write poetry, why write poetry, and what makes it so different. Poetry is composed of sound and syntax and without the small things poetry is no longer the complex artistry it was created to be. Parallelism is the repetition of structure…show more content…
These sound devices implement feeling into the poem. The harsh consonant sounds may cause the reader discomfort or the softer sounding letters may cause satisfaction. Through the sounds the author can cause the reader to feel something. The repetition of sounds makes a poem memorable to the reader. Nursery rhymes are a good example. Poems have moments when they must move freely or need to pause. End-stopped lines are pauses that occur naturally at the end of a line in poetry. Enjambment is a poetic device where the flow continues past the end of a line yet still sounds natural. Caesura is found within a line. It causes the flow to suddenly break off to emphasize the author’s thought. This is normally marked with punctuation but not always. There are two endings referred to as feminine endings and masculine endings. Feminine endings are normally used to end a thought normally with the final syllable being unstressed. Masculine endings are used when the line continues on to the next and the final syllable is stressed. There are special types of languages in poetry that allow the reader to receive certain meaning which the author is trying to convey. Concrete language are words that appeal to the five senses. These five senses are taste, smell, touch, seeing, and sound. Connotative meanings are words that go beyond what they simply mean and gain a second meaning. Stanzas are

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