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Introduction to Poetic Lines
What's in a poem? Emotional, imaginative, and informative properties: that's what! Poetry is a manner or writing that aims to add the emotional, the fantastical, the artificial, the imaginative, and more to the meaning of the words: each carefully constructed line and stanza should not only tell you something, but resonate on a deeper level to help you realize something more. Deep meanings go a long way in the world of poetry, and symbolism right along with it. Whether a poem is written in free verse (not following a pre-determined pattern) or in a particular style, it shares with the reader a sense beyond words, carried by the words and through the lines and into the stanzas before leaping into the reader's soul. There is no singular way to read or write a poem. There is no singular way to interpret or write the voice, to carry the stanzas lightly, or to group the phrases in the perfect way. Instead, there are hundreds and thousands of possibilities, and those are start with the words you choose, and the way you arrange them! One of the most interesting aspects of poetry are the lines. Bigger than words, but smaller than stanzas, lines determine where our brain pauses to process the symbolism and meaning in the poem, which means that lines and they way they are conducted together are the mastermind that controls how we feel about the poem. Do the lines have strong end-stops, or do they break across lines (enjamb)? Do the lines end with a final stress or rhyme? Does each line tend to be a self-contained, grammatical unit, or does it vary? What effect does this have? These are all questions that we must ask ourselves as we are writing or analyzing poetry. When writing, you must consider that the places you choose to hit that simple "enter" key will have a large effect no the feel of the poem. For example, read this: Four a.m. and cries are coming from the wrapped bundled boy in his crib and from my wife beside me. And now, read this: Four a.m. and cries are coming from the wrapped bundled boy in his crib and from my wife beside me. The suspense of the final line--my wife beside me--is completely changed by the reduction of line breaks. Even though lines are still enjambed over a line break, the feeling of the poem changes with the change of just one space. Through this collection I hope to tell you about different kinds of poetic lines, the effects they can have, and then move on to talk about aspects within the poetic line (meter, rhyme, etc.) that can also be considered within the stanza. I hope that sharing this info with all you poets will help those who love writing to find an even more impacting structure for their words!
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