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 »

An example of metrical romance is any prose poetry written in a style that tells a story and has a happy ending. Popular during the Renaissance, metrical romance was typically written about chivalrous knights and their a... More »

A metrical tale is a form of poetry that relays a story in a number of verses. Two famous examples are "Evangeline," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Sir Walter Scott's "The Lady of the Lake." The majority of metrical ... 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 »