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 »

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 »

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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 »

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 »

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 »

A line break in poetry is a method by which lines of poetry are divided to show a change in the metrical pattern. Unlike prose, the poetry's rhythmic pattern can be visually seen when written using line breaks. More »

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The line "for whom the bell tolls" is in a poem by John Donne, a poet who lived during the 16th and 17th centuries. Ernest Hemingway had his famous book of the same name published in 1940, so he would have gotten the tit... More »

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