The use of words to evoke memories and emotions has long been an endeavor of the human race. The styles are wide and varied, some requiring rigid guidelines, rhyming couplets and specific syllable counts will others refuse to be constrained and thrive on free form and ignore rules of any type.

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What is the tone of The Nymph's Reply to th Shepherd?

Sarcasm. The nymph essentially "blows off" the shepherd's evocation that her love can be won with material items. She essentially says, "If youth could last forever and we were indeed living in an Eden-type setting, maybe I would come with you and be your love. But since it is not, no."


Can you write a haiku (5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables) with the word “hope” in it?

Will the trying times

Make us dumber or smarter?

Man, I sure hope so

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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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What does end rhyme mean in poetry?

An end rhyme can mean two things in poetry.

The first one is when only the last syllable of two words rhyme with each other. Take the words coaster and grinder, just the "er" is the same sound, and it's the last syllable. This could also take effect in a double syllable rhyme. A double syllable rhyme is when both the last two syllables rhyme in the words. For example, the words toaster and coaster don't start in the same letter, not that they need to, but the last two syllables rhyme: "oaster." In most cases with double syllable end rhyme the who word rhymes, in which case you can just say that it isn't end rhyme, but in reality it still counts. This could be in poetry, though it is not as common as the second type of end rhyme.

The second type of end rhyme is when the last word of a line in a poem rhymes with the last word of another line in a poem. Read the following poem:

In the morning

When I wake

Things seem to shift

The dew outside

Wets my leg

And in my father's arms

Am I lift

In that poem "shift" and "lift" would be considered end rhyme. End rhyme could also be in different stanzas of poetry and also could be in the line following the first.

Those are the two different types of end rhyme, regarding poetry.


What is a person who studies poetic meter and the art of versification?



What is the name for people who study poetic meter and the art of versification?



What is poetic phrasing?

Poetic phrasing means encountering a heavy use of rhyme.

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What is the summary of poem lotus by toru dutt?

The god of love came to flora asking for a flower which would be accepted by all the flowers as their queen. The lily and rose always fought for this honour and many poets praised them and wrote poems. Some flowers told rose was better than lily and other flowers compared lily to the beautiful goddess juno's face. Some flowers supported lily whereas others supported rose. Love said he wanted a flower which has a sweet smell like that of a rose and which is very grand looking like that of a lily. Then flora asked what colour flower does he want. First love said rose-red and after said lily-white but later said he wanted both the colours. So flora created a new flower called lotus which had the colour of rose-red from morn to noon and which had lily-white colour from afternoon till dusk.Rose stands for passion and lily stands for purity................

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What is the definition of economy in poetry?

Using as few words as possible to convey the meaning desired.

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Can you give me an example of declamation piece titled almsalmsalms?

Vengeance is not ours, it's God's.

^ that's the title :)

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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»)


What is the central theme of the poem the Indian weavers by sarojini naidu?

the poetess has talked about 3 important stages in a human's life-birth, marriage n death. She has related them with different times in a day-morning, evening n night. She has highlighted the importance of the weavers, their work as well as what r their thoughts when they r at work.

William Shakespeare

When was Shakespeare by Matthew Arnold written?

"Shakespeare" appeared in "The Strayed Reveller and other poems", first published in 1849.


Are poems supposed to be centered on word?

Words are the medium through which ideas are conveyed to the reader in a poem. Poems depend on words for their existence. Poetry is a verbal exercise.

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How can poetry be defined?

Poetry is one of the four major literary art forms; the others are fiction, nonfiction, and drama. Poetry is the highly condensed, imaginative use of language, images, meter and rhyme to express the poet's thoughts and emotions, either in standard formats, such as the sonnet, or in much less structured, free form verse.

An unique art of which others use to express feelings, emotions and more

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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 the poem The moving finger writes?

The Moving Finger Writes is not a poem but a quotation from a famous poem. It is a stanza, a Quartrain from Omar Khayyam's The Rubaiyat, as translated by Edward Fitzgerald: The moving finger writes, and having writ Moves on, nor all your piety or wit Shall lure it back to cancell half a line, Nor all your tears wash out a word of it.

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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!♥


Why do people like nature poems?

Nature is mankind's mother. Whatever mankind possesses is a gift of Nature. In Nature, man sees himself. The subtle joys and delights of Nature have been what nourished mankind for ages. While reading Nature poems, man once again goes through those dear and cherished sentiments he has gone through countless number of times in his life. The Nature imagery in those lines, once again brings forth alive and vivid those delights of being in the very lap of Nature which we thought never could be enjoyed anymore. There is this call of the wild, the mountains, rivers, meadows and the deserts resounding in us which we cannot resist. Nature poems quenches the thirst for the likeness and nearness of these primitive fostering elements. So it is quite natural that people like Nature poems.


How does Dennis Lee's poem Anna Banana go?

Anna Banana, jump into the stew

Gravy and carrots are good for you.

Good for your teeth,

And your fingernails too.

So Anna Banana, jump into the stew!

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Is there more happiness or sadness in the world?

Happiness and sadness are both emotional responses to a person's current state, or situation. Each person has, at times, more of one than the other. Seldom does anyone have only complete happiness, or complete sadness.


Thoughtfulness is a sea of which happiness and sadness are the waves. All waves of happiness and sadness recede finally into thoughtfulness. It is so because happiness and sadness are reliefs and relapses provided to man by nature so that the concentration, gravity and longevity of thoughtfulness shall not become a black hole unto himself and consume him. John Milton while studying for his M.A., as part of his vivo vaci, had to write poems describing two things that are in perfect contrast to each other. This was how the famous poems Allegro and Il Penseroso were born. Allegro means The Cheerful Man and Il Penseroso means The Thoughtful Man. He aptly termed it The Thoughtful Man, not The Sad Man. When we are not happy we are thoughtful, not sad. When we are not happy, it is to thoughtfulness that we are falling, not to sadness.


Of course there is more sadness in the world. The poor and the rich, civilized and uncivilized, black and white, and most of them are sad. Mainly because everyone is running after happiness. Unhappy people are trying to overcome sadness while happier people are struggling to maintain their happiness. This ultimately leads to sadness. Therefore most of the people are sad. The main reason for sadness is greediness or craving. Except for the few people who have overcome this craving, all are sad. This means there is more sadness in the world.


Let's review: there is dying, attacks, bombing, and who knows what else. This world has been overrun by sadness and despair.


In spite of the ceaseless yearning for happiness, many people do experience true happiness, and sometimes it comes during the bleakest of circumstances. Many people define happiness incorrectly, when what they really mean is *joy* (not entirely the same thing). One can be happy by being content, or satisfied, or find happiness in the joy of others.



Can you write me a haiku poem?

April is springtime

it is windy and rainy

animals are born


What is the poem Timothy Winters about?

This poem is about a boy who comes from a broken home, and thus has trouble at school. The social worker is unable to help him and still he prays the loudest for those who are less fortunate than he is.

William Shakespeare

What does iambic pentameter symbolise in Shakespeare's plays?

It doesn't symbolize anything really, but it does tell us something about the character that is speaking. Shakespeare had his comic or commonplace characters speak in prose but had the more serious and more noble characters speak in verse (that is, blank verse, which is unrhymed iambic pentameter).

So, in a play like A Midsummer Night's Dream, it is no surprise that the Duke Theseus, his fiancee Hippolyta, the lovers and the fairies speak verse while Bottom and the "rude mechanicals" speak prose. They do this even when they are talking to each other, as in the following exchange:


I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again.

Mine ear is much enamoured of thy note;

So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape,

And thy fair virtue's force perforce doth move me

On the first view to say, to swear, I love thee.


Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason for that, and yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays. The more the pity that some honest neighbours will not make them friends. Nay, I can gleek on occasion.

(This strange-sounding last line means "Just kidding!")


What is ironic about Wilfred Owen's life and death?

Because he write about the futility of war, i.e. the short length and waste of life,

and he died a week before the war ended.

His parents got notice of his death whilst church bells were ringing in the end of war.


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