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Ode on a Grecian Urn. Tracing of an engraving of the Sosibios vase by Keats "Ode on a Grecian Urn" is a poem written by the English Romantic poet John Keats in May 1819 and published anonymously in the January 1820, Number 15 issue of the magazine Annals of the Fine Arts (see 1820 in poetry).

Ode on a Grecian Urn

The poem is one of several "Great Odes of 1819", which include "Ode on Indolence", "Ode on Melancholy", "Ode to a Nightingale", and "Ode to Psyche". Keats found earlier forms of poetry unsatisfactory for his purpose, and the collection represented a new development of the ode form. He was inspired to write the poem after reading two articles by English artist and writer Benjamin Haydon. Keats was aware of other works on classical Greek art, and had first-hand exposure to the Elgin Marbles, all of which reinforced his belief that classical Greek art was idealistic and captured Greek virtues, which forms the basis of the poem. "Ode on a Grecian Urn" was not well received by contemporary critics. Background[edit] Poem[edit]


Falling by James L. Dickey. Poetry for Everyday Life. The sentence is only worth quoting because in 28 words it contains four metaphors.

Poetry for Everyday Life

Economies don’t really gain traction, like a tractor. Momentum doesn’t literally get snuffed out, like a cigarette. We just use those metaphors, without even thinking about it, as a way to capture what is going on. In his fine new book, “I Is an Other,” James Geary reports on linguistic research suggesting that people use a metaphor every 10 to 25 words. Metaphors are not rhetorical frills at the edge of how we think, Geary writes. George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, two of the leading researchers in this field, have pointed out that we often use food metaphors to describe the world of ideas. When talking about relationships, we often use health metaphors.

When talking about argument, we use war metaphors. The psychologist Michael Morris points out that when the stock market is going up, we tend to use agent metaphors, implying the market is a living thing with clear intentions. Poetry Lovers' Page. Well Water. William Ernest Henley - Selected Works.url. P.C.

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The Close Reading of Poetry

Kim Blank & Magdalena Kay < > English Department, University of Victoria There is no single way to do a close reading of a poem. Sometimes an impression is a way in; sometimes the “voice” in the poem stands out; sometimes it is a matter of knowing the genre of the poem; sometimes groupings of key words, phrases, or images seem to be its most striking elements; and sometimes it takes a while to get any impression whatsoever. The Poets. The Poets There are 161 poet companion sites below.

The Poets

The poems analyzed are available in Anthology of Modern American Poetry (Oxford) a Ai Sherman Alexie Angel Island Poetry A. John Ashbery back to top b Jimmy Santiago Baca Amiri Baraka John Beecher Gwendolyn Bennett John Berryman Elizabeth Bishop Paul Blackburn Robert Bly Louise Bogan Arna Bontemps Kay Boyle William Bronk Gwendolyn Brooks Sterling A. Glossary of Rhymes. The following terms occur frequently in discussions of poetry and critical writing, but not with absolute consistency.

Glossary of Rhymes

It may be tempting, simply because the terms are listed here, to get overly scrupulous about fine distinctions between, for example, "identical" and "rich" rhyme, or "broken" as opposed to "linked" rhyme--but these are distinctions that rarely find practical sanction in critical usage and are often much more useful for the writer. Nonetheless, it may be useful to consider the various terms that do appear in the literature. Even more, it may be useful to gather and describe a range of rhymes available in the English language. English is often said to be poor in rhyme, as opposed to, for example, the Romance languages, but this glossary and definition of terms will point to a rich variety of choices.

This list is adapted from Poetic Designs, by Stephen Adams (Broadview Press, 1997), and Manual of English Meters, by Joseph Malof (Bloomington: Indiana U Press, 1970). VirtuaLit: Elements of Poetry. Poetry and Literature. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Tracy K.

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Smith was appointed by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden to serve as the 22nd Poet Laureate on June 14, 2017. Smith is the author of three books of poetry, including Life on Mars (2011), winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Smith took up her duties in September 2017, opening the Library’s annual literary season with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium. More About Tracy K. Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction Denis Johnson was posthumously awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on July 11, 2017.

From the Catbird Seat – Poetry and Literature Center Blog Read the latest blog post: Read more blog posts | Subscribe via Email or RSS Upcoming Events MARCH 28, 7:00 PM STORIES FROM A FALLEN WORLD: A TRIBUTE TO DENIS JOHNSON. APRIL 11, 7:00 PM THE LIFE OF A POET. APRIL 12, 7:30 PM PLANETARY POEMS. 22nd U.S. View more upcoming events. Glossary of Poetic Terms. Where a poem makes reference to another poem or text.

Glossary of Poetic Terms

For example, the 14th line of The Prelude by William Wordsworth 'The earth was all before me' alludes to one of the final lines of Paradise Lost by John Milton 'The world was all before them'. Classic Poems.