For Writing 201: Poetry Day #9 Today’s form: concrete poetry Today’s device: anaphora/epistrophe I took a previously posted poem and revamped it for this assignment. Click the link to read the complete poem
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For Writing 201: Poetry Day #9
Today’s form: concrete poetry
Concrete poetry at a glance: Generally speaking, any poem that’s typographically arranged to represent a specific shape (recognizable or not) is a concrete, or “shape” poem.
Poetry is, of course, a word-based form of expression. That doesn’t mean, though, that the visual layout of a poem can’t affect the way we read it. Taking this idea to a playful extreme is today’s (optional) form to explore: concrete poetry.
Today’s device: anaphora/epistrophe
We’ve tackled the repetition of sounds before, but not that of words. Today, let’s explore the potential of creative redundancy with two neighboring devices: anaphora and epistrophe. You may have figured out by now that the fancier the Greek name, the simpler the device. And you’ll be right this time, too.
Anaphora simply means the repetition of the same word (or cluster of words) at the beginning of multiple lines of verse in the same poem. Epistrophe is its counterpart: the repeated words appear at the end of lines. Like most simple devices, though, the trick is in deploying them to their full effect. Repetition lends emphasis to words, adds weight, and leaves a deeper imprint in your readers’ memories. Think wisely about what it is you’re underlining.
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