Poetry lets us see the world through others eyes, equips us imaginatively and spiritually to face the joys and challenges of our lives, and widens our scope of sympathy for the vastness of human experience.
POETIC DEVICES Alliteration - The repetition of the same consonant (especially at the beginning of words) WHY? - can create a musical effects or focus the reader's attention on certain qualities in the poem
IRONY Irony of meaning: what is said is different from what is intended - Situational irony: Expectations aroused by a situation are reversed - Cosmic irony: Misfortune is a result of fate, chance or God - Dramatic Irony: The audience knows more than the characters in the play - creates additional meaning for the audience.
RHYME SCHEME - The repetition of the same sound at the end of the line - Usually follows a pattern. - The first sound is assigned an "a", and all lines that rhyme with it are also marked with an "a". The next sound is assigned a "b" and so on.
THEME - The main point, message or argument of a piece of literature - Can be general, but also usually involves some specific message about the general idea Example: "love" is not good enough - what is the poet saying about love?
CONCRETE: Concrete poetry experiments with the very materials of the poem itself: words, letters, format. The final product does what it says in that the meaning of the poem is demonstrated through some kind of concrete image made with words, letters, etc. Concrete poems rely heavily on the visual or phonetic to get across the meaning.