Poetic Forms

The rules and constraints that must be met to fit a specific genre of poetry are diverse and sometimes complex. Find out more about the various formats through the questions and answers in this and the sub-categories of Poetic Forms.

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Explanation of each line of the poem The Brook By Alfred Lord Tennyson?

I come from haunts of coot and hern.- The brook starts from a place the coots (a kind of duck) & herns (commonly known as herons) spend most of their times.

I make a sudden sally,-The brook suddenly rushes down.

And sparkle out among the fern,-As the brook flows it sparkles because of sun rays, and it flows through a ground which mostly have grasses and flowerless plants (ferns).

To bicker down a valley.-The brook flows down a valley making noisy sounds.

By thirty hills I hurry down,-Here the brook swiftly flows down many hills. There are not literally 'Thirty hills' but the poet make's the line creative by using 'Thirty' and not 'many'.

Or slip between the ridges,-The brook 'slips'(quickly moves) between long narrow hilltops.

By twenty thorps, a little town,-The brook flows down past many villages (Thorp-Old word for village) -again the poet tries to make the line creative by using 'Twenty'-not literally 'Twenty villages' and a little town as well.

And half a hundred bridges.-The brook flows and passes by/through many bridges-not literally 'Half a hundred' bridges.

Till last by Philip's farm I flow-The brook flows by a farm probably owned by a man named Philip.

To join the brimming river,-After the farm he flows to join a overflowing river.

For men may come and men may go, But I go on forever. Men/people have a short life spam but the brook is immortal so it has a longer life spam and hence goes on 'forever'.

I chatter over stony ways, In little sharps and trebles, -As the brook flows it chatters (makes a interesting and musical sound) over a stony creek bed.

I bubble into eddying bays, -When the brook flows backward it 'pushes' the air and makes bubbles.

I babble on the pebbles, -As the brook moves it makes sound because of the pebbles.

With many a curve my banks I fret-The brook flows curvily because at one point the path curves and it wears away.

By many a field and fallow,-The brook flows by many fields and bare places (fallows), probably the soil is infertile which is why the land is bare and no plants grow.

And many a fairy foreland set, With willow-weed & mallow. -There are many pieces of land sticking out in the brook (called foreland) which have some plants such as 'Willow-weed & mallow'. Where colorful & bright birds, insects & butterflies come which look like fairies from far away.

I chatter, chatter as I flow-The brook makes sound as it flows.

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Summary of the poem 'looking for a cousin on the swing' by ak ramanujan?

Its about a swing no one wanted be on except one cousin whose name was walrusguy. He sat there everyday for 10 years until he relises that slides are cooler and super fun

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What is the poetic scenario?

The poetic scenario - the literary-drama product, which descriptive part consists of verses. This remarkable feature essentially distinguishes the poetic scenario from other kinds of the scenario and gives it a special, art originality.

It is possible to allocate three basic features of the poetic scenario:

• figurativeness

• laconicism

• extraordinary dynamism of action

Bases of the poetic scenario were put by the poet and a script writer Alexey Snezhin, having written a liro-epic poem «After spring» (which many still name «the poetic scenario» or «the scenario in verses»)

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What are examples of a catalog poem?

Snow melting

Air warming

Trees coming to life

Flowers budding

Birds singing

Baseball season starting

Everything turning green

My favorite time of year

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What is an acrostic poem for mother?

My Hero for all the great things you've done

Outsanding with your love you share

Trying your hardest on everything

Having good times with you

Exclusive V.I.P because you are important to me.

Really the best mom ever forever! I love you mom!♥

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Can you make me a poem algebra?


When I have a number sum,

My workings are quite cumbersome,

Why use one, two, three?

Instead use x, y z.

Yes it gets so much better,

If instead I use a letter.

relies on American zee not English zed. can cut middle two lines. Also it's quite rubbish.

Literary Devices and Figures of Speech
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What is a 7 line verse called?

rondelet or septet

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The Story of the Aged Mother

Is Matsuo Basho part of the Story of The Aged Mother?

Yes, because Matsuo Basho is the author of The Story of the Aged Mother... :)

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What type of poem is the frog and the nightingale?

the poem is a allusion...in this poem the poet Vikram Seth uses animals as the characters and also the poem has a inner meaning that 'trust before you trust some one'.Through this poem the poet tells us about the commercialism and the consumerism in the present society .the poem is a personified one.

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What are some tips on writing a good lyric poem?

Lyric poetry is what you probably think of when you think of a poem. Songs are lyric poetry, also. Click on the Related Questions to learn what sorts of lyric poems you might write.

To write good lyric poetry, you must have a good sense of rhythm and rhyme, and be able to fit your words into the proper format without resorting to stilted phrases or forcing the emphasis onto odd syllables.

Pick a topic and brainstorm: just write down any images you think of, any rhymes that come to your mind, and any words that are associated with that topic for you. Once you feel that you have a big enough "pile" of images and words, start looking for connections. Join the bits together in different ways - try one rhyme, then another until you find a pattern that works for you.

Then, start editing. You will need to condense your poetry down to it's most concise form. Dump anything that takes away, even slightly, from the images you want to convey. Make certain that each word is precisely the one you need to invoke whatever emotion you are aiming for in your reader (or listener). This step will take longer than writing the images down, because a poem must be distilled down to bare image and emotion.

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What is an acrostic poem for the word owl?

The following Haiku is also an acrostic (see the first letters of each line).

Out in the forest

Wings flap on silent feathers

Looking for rodents

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What is an example poem of a acrostic for matter?







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What is fickle food?

This is a line from a poem, Fame is a Fickle Food. Suggested meaning is that one moment you are famous, next minute you are not. You can be easily passed by,

Fame is a fickle food

Upon a shifting plate

Whose table once a

Guest but no

A second time is set.

Whose crumbs the crows inspect

And with ironic caw

Flap past it

To the farmers corn -

Men eat of it any die.

Accents and Dialects
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Can anyone give me an example of dialect in poetry?

Try these:

Gwendolyn Brooks "We Real Cool"

We Real Cool Buy the CDby Gwendolyn Brooks

THE POOL PLAYERS. SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL. We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon.

Here's a poem by an Appalachian poet I saw online: The Interview

© 2008 by Becky Mushko

Sure, I'll talk to a fine looking young feller like you.

Don't get much company nowadays.

Got plenty of time, nothing to do but set here.

Teacher sent you, did she?

"Get out and talk to some old codger," I reckon she said.

Well, you found one. Pull yourself up a chair.

Little closer-I ain't gonna bite.

Ain't got enough teeth left for serious biting nohow.

Now whatcha wanna know?

What did I do? Farmed two hundred acres

like my daddy and his before him.

Tobacco, corn, and wheat-them was the money crops.

How? Me and a mule struggling against a hard ground.

Many a time, I'uz tempted to fling down the reins,

leave the mule standing in the middle of a furrow,

and just up and leave.

Where would I go?

Town, I reckon. Work in a factory or a mill.

Make reg'lar money. Be somebody.

But I never did go.

What stopped me?

That farm held me tighter'n a spider holds a fly.

Sucked the juices right outta me.

Left me the old dry husk you're looking at,

tangled so tight in its web I'd never get loose.

Then, too, I couldn't work walled in.

I'd got used to the sky, y'see,

everything growing green around me.

Besides, who'd look after the place?

I can't stand to see a good farm

overrun with pokeweed and cat-briers.

Folks held me, too. Family ties grip tight, that's sure.

By the time I buried Mama and Daddy,

I had me a wife and a crop a' kids.

Time was, I couldn't go nowhere

without one a' them chaps hanging

onto my pants' leg tighter'n a tick on a dog.

Then they growed up,

scattered like seeds in the wind.

Not a one took root.

They come back, visit,

brag how good they got it in town.

Did I ever go modern?

Well, yeah-got a tractor, y'know.

Then more and more machines. Debts piled up high

as Mama's pancakes on Sunday breakfast.

Did I make a good living?

Heck, no! But I reckon I made me a right good life.

Anythin' else you wanna know?

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How do you make an acrostic poem with your name 'Laurance Lau'?

How to Write An Acrostic Poem:

Write the letters of your word or phrase down the left-hand side of your page, with one letter on each line. You can skip a line between letters if you want to leave room to write more than one word.

Now, think of words which begin with each letter - don't try to make a poem yet, just write down all the words you can think of which will describe or explain you or your name. Use a thesaurus if you have trouble thinking of words! If you need more room, continue the list on another page!

Once you have a list, start thinking of how to write your poem. Which words or phrases are the best ones to describe or explain you? Which will make the clearest mental image? Which will make your readers understand you the best?

Nobody else can tell you what to write - poetry is your own emotion put onto the page! Click on the Related Questions for more help.

Sentence and Word Structure
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Syllable Count

How many syllables are there in shiny gold?


Literature and Language
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What is the explanation of Epitaph?

An epitaph is something that is written on a tombstone in memory of the person buried there. It is also a small speech praising a dead person.

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Poem Who intimately lives with rain?

Trees, by Joyce Kilmer, killed in action in WW1

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What is uneven rhythm?

A rhythm which does not follow a repeatable pattern.

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What is an acrostic poem?

An acrostic poem is one that uses a word or phrase (usually the theme or the underlying subject matter of the poem) written vertically. Each letter of the word/phrase then acts as the beginning letter for a new line of the poem. Whatever is written using each letter must connect to the subject matter.

For example if the subject matter is CATS, then the poem could be:

Cute and cuddly

Always up to mischief

Time is always spent playing

Stupendous fun

Or if the subject matter is DOGS, then the poem could be:

Dashing, daring, delightful

Oh he's under the table

Growling is a bad thing

Shh go to bed

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Rhyme Schemes
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If you rhyme every other line does that count as a couplet?

yes. but you cannot rhyme another line with the same word for eg line one ends with blue line two love line three true line four dove you cannot do line five new. line 5 needs new couple rhymes

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Syllable Count

How many syllables are in bustling?

Bus-el-ing 3.

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What is an acrostic poem using the word tiara?




r-rock hard


Rhyming Words
Rhyme Schemes
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What rhymes with ourself?

"Ourself" isn't a proper English word. The proper word would be "ourselves" because "our" is plural.

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What is an acrostic poem for the name MISH?

Mish is a hard name for an acrostic poem

Is Justin bieber gay

Speed is dangerous

He is not gay


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