Monday, March 16, 2009
where it all starts..learn!
Types of Poems
Epic is a serious poem. It is most commonly defined as a long narrative poem about some heroic events; often the main character of such a poem may have superhuman qualities.
A sonnet is a poem that has fourteen lines. There are two types of sonnets:
English sonnet - also called the Shakespearean sonnet.
Italian sonnet. Some writers refer to this as the Patrachan sonnet. It has two major divisions.
The first part is called the octave. The octave is the first eight lines.
The second part is called the sestet. It is the last six lines.
Poems may present a problem in the octave and give the solution in the sestet.
Sometimes a general idea could be presented in the octave while specifics are given in the sestet.
The English sonnet has a division that corresponds to three quatrains and one couple.
Milton, Shakespeare, John Keats has written some of the most interesting sonnets in English poetry.
It is a poem of mourning. Elegy has a sorrowful note.
One of the most interesting elegies in English history is 'The Elegy written in a Country Yard'.
4. DRAMATIC MONOLOGUE
It is a poem in which the character speaks to himself or to another person
who is usually absent or silent e.g. 'My Last Duchess' by Robert Browning.
5. NARRATIVE POEM
This is a poem that mainly tells a story e.g. 'Journey of the Magi' by T.S. Eliot.
The ode is a praise poem. Often it is a serious and meditative mode e.g. John Keats poems.
They are simple narrative poems. Ballads have their origin in folklore.
Ballads originally where taken to be stories rendered in songs and which passed from generation to generation. One feature of ballad especially folk ballads is that their authors are usually unknown