Metrical patterns refer to the way a poet creates rhythm by arranging stressed and unstressed syllables within a line of poetry. Along with the length of the line, metrical patterns are the most basic technique a poet em... More »

Conventions in poetry refer to the structure, which includes stanza, free verse and sonnet. Analyzing the conventions of poetry can help reveal how the rhythm and sound elements are linked to the content. More »

The opposite of trochaic meter is iambic meter. A trochee is a metrical foot used in poetry that consists of a stressed syllable follow by an unstressed one, while an iamb is the reverse. More » Art & Literature Literature Poetry

Alliteration can be used in poetry to drive the rhythm of the poem or to draw the reader's attention to a certain phrase or line. Alliteration can be found in both classic and contemporary works of poetry. More » Art & Literature Literature Poetry

The effect of an apostrophe in poetry is to personify or bring to life something not living, so the poet is able to address it directly. This puts the subject in a form to which the reader relates. More »

Famous poet Shel Silverstein's long-form poem "A Perfect High" is an example of anti-drug poetry. Other anti-drug poems include "Among School Children" by William Butler Yeats and "Adolescence" by Claude McKay. More »

Limericks must contain exactly 39 syllables arranged in a pattern across five lines. The line-by-line syllable pattern is 9-9-6-6-9, and the rhyming pattern is a-a-b-b-a. More »