Friday, September 14, 2007

Poetry how-to's, Repetition

In poetry there are times where you may want to repeat certain words or lines to emphasize the importance of a subject or idea. For example, most songs have a chorus that is repeated throughout and most listeners latch on and learn these lines first and repeat them with gusto.

Here are some ideas to use for repetition:
1. Write the same beginning line for each stanza.
2. Write the same beginning line changing only one word at a time in each stanza.
3. Repeat the same word once in each stanza.

*Things to think about:
"Repetend" is the irregular repetition of a word or phrase at various places throughout the poem.
"Anaphora" is the repetition of a word or group of words at the beginnings of lines.

Happy writing and if you're brave, post what you came up with in the comments section. Thanks for stopping by.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have a poem due tomorrow and this has helped me so much!
Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou!!
-your friendly neighborhood girl