Poetic Devices: Reading Poetry


Reading poetry is multi-layered as they can be interpreted upon every single reading. The reading(s) is made enriching with varied meanings and elaborations that a reader can have with perception and context. Similarly, the contextual reading is always an apt way to take in.

In the same way, figures of speech act significantly to make poetry more elaborately meaningful and complex enough to interpret. Figures of Speech containing poetic devices make your poetry more interesting to delve in. And, those devices are used in poetry and other literary pieces to craft rhetoric and vivid layers.

On the other hand, poetic devices might make your poetry reading symbolic or figurative. Some of the devices making poetry more sensible are simile, metaphors, assonance, alliteration, onomatopoeia and other.

Do follow 3 things to know more about it:

  1. Read this notes : http://www.chaparralpoets.org/devices.pdf
  2. This page includes 15 the most interesting devices that you shouldn’t miss. http://www.enkivillage.com/figure-of-speech.html
  3. This YouTube video helps you a lot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn4P3tvKNAg

Coleridge, Keats and Wordsworth: Attitude towards Nature and Time

William Wordsworth. (Courtesy: wikimedia.org)
William Wordsworth.  (Courtesy: wikimedia.org)

Among six pioneering figures of Romanticism of early 19th century namely Blake, Shelly, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Byron and Keats; Coleridge, Keats and Wordsworth are leading figures. These three leading figures have dignified time and nature with godly presence over it. They have set their different attitudes towards nature and time in their works.

As this course included their different works; ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ‘La Belle Dame sans Marci’ by John Keats and ‘Daffodils’ by William Wordsworth, have dignified the presence of nature and time in respective works. They have further beautified the nature and regarded the nature as god.

            Coleridge, in ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ has established inseparable relationship between nature and human beings. In his work, he has come across the massive presence of natural elements like sun, wind, mist, birds, water, storm and sea. In this poem, persona is shown doing wrong deeds towards nature. Mariner shots the spiritual/religious bird ‘Albatross’ which invites the punishments upon Mariner.

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