Techniques of Poetry Appreciation Essay

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Techniques of Appreciating Poetry
What is poetry? * Poetry is the creativity of a person's imagination. * It is nothing but rhythmical, imaginative language expressing the invention, taste, thought, passion, and insight of the human soul. * Like any other literary work, poetry needs to be understood to be appreciated. * The writer writes for a reason. * The purpose may be to evoke emotion, inform, define, represent something of the world or life, and to entertain. * Whatever the case, a poem is unique to its writer. And each poem can be analyzed to be appreciated.
Here are some general ideas that may help one to acknowledge the beauty of the poem:
Techniques of Poetry Appreciation:

1. Subject Matter
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"It sheds its own light" = Tomatoes radiate with beauty. “It sheds its own light, benign majesty” is a metaphor comparing the beauty the writer sees in the tomato to a wonderful light. He is saying that the tomatoes is brilliant and gorgeous; it stands out when he looks at it.

"We must murder it" = Exaggerating the slicing of tomatoes.
“We must murder it” is a hyperbole, exaggerating how we cut up the tomato.

"It is wed to the clear onion" = It complements the taste of onions nicely.
“It is wed to the clear onion” is a personification that shows how well the taste of tomatoes and onions complement each other.

Pausing and punctuation have an effect on the structure, rhythm and rhyme of a poem.

6. Sounds

* What about the sounds in the poem? * Are the sounds in harmony with the thought and imagery? * Do the sounds suggest pictures, arouse emotions or bring out quality of the character? * What is the effect produced by the poet’s use of: alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia and metre? * Are the musical qualities of the poem outstanding? * Is rhyme used for emphasis?

7. Rhyme

* Does the poem have a set rhyme scheme? * How it is used in the poem?
Is the movement slow, steady, or fast? OR Is the rhyme constant or varying? * Does the poet emphasize words or the message by means of the rhyme scheme? * What is the

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