Devices of Versification
- It’s all about relationships
Definition of “make”
- To create
- To be on time
- To achieve
- To decipher
- To kiss
o Why doesn’t make just mean one thing?
Language texts are a weaving together of words.
Contexts: when units or parts of a whole get woven together
Poets naturally exaggerate this element of connectedness in language so that significant relationships between
words can be reveals and/or emphasized, in the service, again, of a charming or a riddling reading experience.
There are all sorts of things that a poet can do to draw our attention to the relationships between words. We’re
calling them “devices of versification” and here are a few:
- Any repeated combinations of letters
- Any repeated syntactical pattern
- Any repeated metrical pattern
- Deviations from an expectation
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