17UNIT 3 a203Poetic DictionStruture3.0Objectives3.1Study Guide3.2What is Poetic Diction?3.3The wordsworthian experiment3.4Poetry and Verse3.5Let us sum up3.6Comprehension Exercises3.0a203OBJECTIVESThis unit deals with the particular language used by poets. This unitenables you to :(a)Understand that the language of poetry need not be stylized :(b)Make a distinction between prose and peotry :(c)discern the difference between poetry and verse;(d)understand the approach of the Romantics to poetry.3.1 a203STUDY GUIDEThis unit will impart you the knowledge that poets of the 17th centuryused Latinisms or Latinate expressions to enrich their poetic diction whichalso includes archaicor obsolete words. The Wordsworthian Experimentwill tell you the common man’s language can well be the medium of poeticexpression. In the sub-section “Poetry and Verse” you will know about thedifference between Poetry and Prose which developed much later than Poetry.3.2 a203WHAT IS POETIC DICTION ?Regardless of the fact that poetry explores a wide range of subjects,poetry was, for a long time, to be written only in a prticular set of wordsconstituting a particular language, called poetic diction. The poets of thefifteenth and sixteenth centuries used Latinisms, Which, they felt, gave theirpoems an exotic flavour. The poets of the seventeenth century continued touse a highly stylized poetic diction, with archaisms or obsolete words. Miltonused not only Latin words but also followed the rules of LatinGrammar inParadise Lost.