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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. Autumn Poetry
This article provides a brief description of seasonal poetry, and then uses an analysis of Sweinburne's Hendecasyllabics as an example of autumn poetry. Some analysis is done and it is suggested how the reader might get even more from the poem by illustrating it.
2. 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.
3. "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.
4. 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.
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. Choosing a Title for your Poem
The first thing any reader sees of your poem is the title. Make sure it's a good one!
7. Poetic Communication
This is an article describing how poets communicate and the basic reasons we all interpret their work differently and why that is good. A short analysis of Fire and Ice by Robert Frost is used for an example.
8. What Do Women Want? by Kim Addonizio
In the poem "What Do Women Want?" Kim Addonizio uses a red dress as a metaphor for answering the question posed by the title.
9. Ten Places to Publish Poetry for Profit
Every budding poet wants to turn their hobby into profit. Here are ten places you can publish your poetry that pay.
10. Bed In Summer by Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island, offers a simple summer poem perfect for children just learning to read and recite poetry.
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