Poetry as a Language

The Language of Poetry

Poetry as a language can be described or illustrated in all possible creative ways and aspects— it can be through the rhythmic flows going together with the reader’s emotions. Having to deliver effectively the language of poetry creates a new world and understanding that speaks to your audience in colors.

Paul Engle from an article in the New York Times once quoted “Poetry is ordinary language raised to the nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.”

Poetry as a language isn’t just words that lack the life in it. It generates life itself. Poetry’s language just like any other important factor that comprises a poem is composed of dynamics that responsibly make the voice of poetry more evocative.

 1. Form

This is the unique way of how words are arranged. This includes the graphic elements— the length, line placements, and the way they are categorized into stanzas. Each stanza contributes to the whole idea or theme of the poem.

Regardless of its structure, poems can be traditional or organic in proportion.

Traditional poems are characterized by their fixed rules and regular rhythmic patterns. It comprises the common forms of poetry such as sonnets, ode, haiku, limerick, ballad, and epic.

Organic on the other hand basically rules out the normal guidelines in poetry. It does not follow a regular pattern in terms of rhythm and rhyme. It develops its own distinctive style of spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Its forms can be any arrangement of free verse and concrete poetry.

 2. Poetic elements

The sound established in poetries is fulfilled by a Prosody— the meter, rhyme, and the rest of the sound devices or illustrations that elaborates a poem’s character. It centers on the rhythm, rhyme, and other sound devices are illustrated.

Understanding the literary techniques

You can never apply the techniques unless you understand how it should be used and how it is significant in your poetry’s composure.

Margaret Fourt Goka and her profound collection of poems in The Woven Flag showcases a dynamic essence of poetry as a language.

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