Sound and Meaning Within Poetry

If you look for an answer as to “what is poetry” you are liable to find too many answers to be easily able to answer this question. For me though, there are a few things that define the difference between poetry and prose. One of those is a heightened attention to sound and rhythm. As in my last post we are going to explore further into how sound can contribute to meaning within poetry.

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The Long and Short of Poetry

The long and short of sounds within poetry, is that they can be used to slow or speed up the time within poetry. Long vowel sounds slow down a line of poetry, which can be used to make it sound more somber.

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Alliteration, Assonance, and Consonance

Alliteration, assonance, and consonance The Raven – Edgar Allen Poe “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tappingContinue reading “Alliteration, Assonance, and Consonance”

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