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Here are the top ten articles for the Poetry Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Who is the Speaker of a Poem?
Just because a poem uses the word “I” doesn’t mean that it’s the poet herself speaking. Learn why it makes a difference.
2. Modernist Poetry
An explanation of the four elements of poetry's Modernism movement, and a brief look at the works of three Modernist poets.
3. Figures of Speech - Metonymy and Synecdoche
Two of the most troublesome figures of speech to keep straight - metonymy and synecdoche - and how to differentiate successfully between the two.
4. Alliteration and Assonance
The uses and meanings of alliteration and assonance in poetry.
5. Principles of Analyzing Sound in Poetry
Poets choose words carefully for their sounds. Learn how to identify and interpret the role of sound in poetry.
6. "The Pomegranate" by Eavan Boland
Eavan Boland's poem “The Pomegranate” beautifully represents the complex web of feelings involved in the relationship between mothers and daughters.
7. Poetry – Subjective or Objective?
Can poetry ever not be subjective? can it be objective too? Are objective poems truly poems?
8. Repetition in Poetry
The importance and purpose of repetition within poetry.
9. Cats as Metaphors
Cats can be useful metaphors in poetry.
10. The History of the Limerick
Limericks are one of the most popular forms of poetry quoted today. Learn more about this traditional (and often bawdy) poetic form.
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