Tools poets use to write their poems.
Adelaide Crapsey and the Cinquain
The cinquain, invented by Adelaide Crapsey, is a unique short form of poetry designed to deliver maximum impact with few words. In this article, we review the history of the cinquain and Adelaide Crapsey as well as explore its form.
Alliteration and Assonance
The uses and meanings of alliteration and assonance in poetry.
Cats as Metaphors
Cats can be useful metaphors in poetry.
Death and Poetry
Death is a common theme in poetry. John Donne and Adelaide Crapsey deliver poems of rebellion against death.
Dogs in Poetry
As an important part of many people´s lives, dogs hold a unique place in poetry.
Using poetry to understand art.
Figures of Speech - Metonymy and Synecdoche
Two of the most troublesome figures of speech to keep straight - metonymy and synecdoche - and how to differentiate successfully between the two.
Find Poetry in the World Around You
Moving beyond simple definitions of poetry to understand its essence, and where it can be found.
How to Interpret a Poem
Does the task of interpreting a poem seem daunting? Interpreting poems need never be arduous work. It can actually be a very fun exercise.
Interpreting Dickinson’s masterpiece "Because I could not stop for death", a follow up to the article: "Emily Dickinson’s journey with Death".
In celebration of Irish festivities in March, a look at the mechanics of writing a limerick.
An introduction to the why's and how's of using onomatopoeia in poetry.
Poetry in the Brain
Exploring how the right and left hemispheres of the brain must work together to create poetry.
Poetry´s Two Whys
When it comes to poetry, both poets and readers must ask themselves "Why?"
Principles of Analyzing Sound in Poetry
Poets choose words carefully for their sounds. Learn how to identify and interpret the role of sound in poetry.
Repetition in Poetry
The importance and purpose of repetition within poetry.
Science Fiction Poetry
Science fiction- not just for novels.
A definition and example of the Italian poetic structure, Terza Rima.
The Function of Line in Poetry
How do poets decide when to “turn” a line, to begin a new line instead of continuing on the same one? Sometimes, the line breaks in a poem are dictated by a strict meter or rhyme scheme–but more often today, it is the poet who uses his or her license to choose to break a line of poetry.
The History of the Limerick
Limericks are one of the most popular forms of poetry quoted today. Learn more about this traditional (and often bawdy) poetic form.
Using Imagery in Poetry
Imagery is a powerful tool used in poetry that will allow the reader to experience the poem through their senses.
Using Simile and Metaphor
Do you simply read poetry? Or do you experience it! Similes and Metaphors create mental comparisons that bring a deeper dimension to writing.
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