e36 - Poetic License The freedom given to poets to ignore...

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Poetic License “The freedom given to poets to ignore standard rules of grammar or proper diction in order to create a desired artistic effect.” Glencoe Literature Book
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Poetry Redefined Literary expression that emphasizes the line, not the sentence, as the unit of composition. Traditional characteristics: • emotional, imaginative language • use of metaphor, similie, & other figures of speech • divided into stanzas
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Types of Poetry • Lyrical poetry •Narrative poetry • Imagist Poetry • “Confessional poetry” • Ballad • Elegy
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Ballad A form of verse to be sung or recited. F. B. Gum describes the ballad as "a poem meant for singing, quite impersonal in material, probably connected in its origins with the communal dance."
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  by Janis Joplin
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Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waiting for a train  And I’s feeling nearly as faded as my jeans. Bobby  thumbed a diesel down just before it rained, It  rode us all the way to New Orleans.  I pulled my  harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna, I was  playing soft while Bobby sang the blues.  Windshield wipers slapping time, I was holding  Bobby’s hand in mine, We sang every song that  driver knew.  Freedom is just another word for  nothing left to lose, Nothing don’t mean nothing  honey if it ain’t free. And feeling good was easy,  Lord, when he sang the blues, You know feeling  good was good enough for me, Good enough for  me and my Bobby McGee.   
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From the Kentucky coal mines to the California  sun, Hey, Bobby shared the secrets of my soul.  Through all kinds of weather, through everything  that we done, Hey Bobby baby kept me from the  cold.  One day up near Salinas, Lord, I let him slip  away, He’s looking for that home and I hope he  finds it, But I’d trade all of my tomorrows for one  single yesterday To be holding Bobby’s body next  to mine.  Freedom is just another word for  nothing left to lose, Nothing, that’s all that Bobby  left me, yeah, But feeling good was easy, Lord,  when he sang the blues, Hey, feeling good was  good enough for me, hmm hmm, Good enough  for me and my Bobby McGee.
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Richard Cory by Paul Simon
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They say that Richard Cory owns one half of this whole town, With political connections to spread his wealth around. Born into society, a banker's only child, He had everything a man could want: power, grace and style. But I work in his factory And I curse the life I'm living And I curse my poverty And I wish that I could be, Oh, I wish that I could be, Oh, I wish that I could be Richard Cory.
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Confessional Poetry Movement started in the 1950s Poets write about their own personal experience in an open, direct style Examples: Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath
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Papa was a Rolling Stone by The Temptations
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2011 for the course ENG 1001 taught by Professor Hager during the Spring '11 term at University of Florida.

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