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ENGLISH 1A03 Study Guide - Final Guide: Trochee, Spondee, Alliteration

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Eugenia Zuroski Jenkins
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What is Poetry?
Purloined: stolen
Poetry is removed from old context and put into a new context
A series of words, phrases, images and observations taken out of everyday communication flow
Signify, generate meaning more or differently from everyday life
Ongoing experiment with language capacity to generate meaning
Begins from presumption that words and language are able to mean much more than regular units
of information
Generate feelings, experience “using the whole animal” – using every part of the language; doesn’t
just focus on the connotation. Uses the sound of words, visual aesthetics, how words feel
Different things that a word can mean
Poetic devices: technical tools that help us pay attention to the way poetry plays on visual meaning,
auditory meaning
Purloin these words:
No turn on red
Use the Spatial device called line break
Line breaks, generate a whole set of meanings- completely changes the meaning of the original
1) Adding a grammatical pause by using the line break- distrupts the sentence and the original
meaning and makes it opposite
2) colloquial phrase- turn on- sexual turn on. Red sounds like a description that may or may not be
a turn on
3) chiasmum- linguistic device where it is mirrored. It means crossing over. Line break might
obscure the sense of the words. Visual construction of the words.
Stanza- unit of a poem that is defined by line breaks
The music of poetry: learning to listen
Read poetry closely, important to listen to poetry
Read aloud the poetry helps to tap into the way the poem is using the sounds to deliver the
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