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Walp 1 Elyse Walp Professor Fernando English 130 Section 4 February 29, 2008 The Structure of Poetry The structure of poetry can take many forms. Each form is unique in its attributes, and adds to the artistic quality a poet is aiming for. Even a complete lack of structure is a valid form that poetry can take. Each structure is equally legitimate, but understanding the qualities each poses can be confusing. Deciding what makes one form more correct than another is not always a cut and dry task. A complete understanding of poetry is just like a complete understanding of any genre of art, be it painting, sculpting, or drawing. Each piece of work is different, but each is still a valid example of the variety as a whole. Their differences make them exceptional, not incorrect. Some of the simplest forms of poetry produce the most beautiful end result; as some would say, less is more. A poet can use uncomplicated and effortless diction to create every sort of emotion that she desires. These poems can consist of a single stanza made of only a single, lonely couplet, but if a seed of thought is planted in its reader’s mind then the poem is a success and nothing more should be desired by the reader. When a single word is found that adds the same value to the poet’s message as twenty words, simplicity is at its greatest. In contrast to the minimalist style of a simple poem, a poet can use a heavily structured poem’s complexity as a tool that adds to the effect a poem has as a whole. The intricacy of a very structured poem can give the ideas and emotions of a poem a skeleton to cling to. The
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Walp 2 structure can also be the focus of the artistic quality of the piece. Just as diction and word choice dictates the style of the poem, the structure is a strong influence. There are infinite choices where form of structure is concerned. Poets use these wide varieties of forms to direct their poem in the way they see fit. Once such choice is a known as villanelle, where there are only two rhyming sounds. The simplistic quality ends there, however, because the first and third lines of the first stanza repeat alternately as the third line of each stanza that follows. These repeating lines also form a couplet at end the poem. The poet must make careful word choices when dealing with this structure. They must also have a clear idea as to how the poem is going to progress and where it is going to end. This involved template is an artistic venture in itself and can end in a delightfully intense poem. A similarly complex structured poetry is a pantoum. Like the villanelle, it is made of a series of quatrains, four line stanzas, where the second and fourth line is repeated as the first and third lines of the next stanza. When the desired length is met, the last stanza breaks this pattern. The first and third lines of the last stanza are repeats of the second and fourth lines of the
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course ENG 130 taught by Professor Fernando during the Spring '08 term at Loyola Marymount.

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