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 »

Blank verse poetry was introduced in 1540 by the Earl of Surrey. Poets such as Shakespeare, John Donne and John Keats have used it. John Milton's "Paradise Lost" is one of the most famous blank verse poems in English lit... 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 »