Studies in Poetry
Studies in Poetry helps us to understand about the poets, their thoughts, views, writing styles, creative thoughts, etc which will helps to improve one’s writing, creative thinking and presentation skills on literature and compositions. A study on a poem starts with analyzing and understanding the poem which gives the “pleasant experience” to the reader. Epic, Dramatic, Satirical, Lyric, Narrative, verse, prose are some of the forms of Genres, the tradition or classification of poetry.
The reader should read the poem repeatedly as a first step to study a poem. A poem should be carefully read since it may be in a complex form and multifaceted ideas. The initial steps to be followed in the Studies in Poetry are:
Poetries are the outcomes of creative thoughts and imagination. When a reader read the lines of the poem the reading is accompanied with visualizations in the mind of the reader when he responds to the words and thoughts of the poem. These are called the mental picture or representation or imaginations or visual imagery. Metaphors in poems are defined as a comparison without the usage of the words such as “like” and “as”.
Poems are the excellent creations of poets and they record the feeling, thoughts, imaginations, emotions and various states of mind. They belong to a specific period of time and generation. These valuable creations of poets are preserved by subsequent generations. Ironies are used in poems when the poet wants to differentiate the literal sense of a word and their implication. Paradox is a key element used in poetry to give a significant meaning to a word than its literal or the surface meaning. Rhythms are the elements of poems, a method of arranging stresses or syllables into regularly repeated patterns. Meters are the rhythmic structure of words, lines and verses which may be formal or informal. The poetic concepts, Rhyme, alliteration, assonance are used to create repeated patterns of syllables. Ottava rima and Terza Rima are some of the Rhyming Schemes found in poems. Using lines and stanzas, Dictation is some of the presentation methods of poems. Sonnet, Sestina, Villanelle, Haiku, Sijo, Ode, Ghazal, Acrostic, etc are some of the Forms found in poems of various countries.
Studies on Poetry focus on understanding the approach of the poet and the thoughts. For a Poet, he has his/her own “experience” with the poem and it is unique. A poet succeeds in, communicating his “experience” by the efficient writing or presentation which can guide each of the reader to feel the real “experience”.