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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. The Caged Bird by Maya Angelou
This article is a close reading and analysis of Maya Angelou's poem The Caged Bird
2. What is Poetry to Me?
This is an introductory article on the nature of poetry and why it is important. It covers ideas why poetry touches us all and how it is found everywhere in advertising, popular music and movies.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. "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.
6. 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.
7. Change Your Mind
Keeping everything the same is boring. Change is good for your brain. Change the way you write, read, and think about poetry after reading this article.
8. 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!
9. Invocation of the Muse
Invoking the Muse was common practice among the classical poets to assuage writers block and lend inspiration to every creative endevour.
10. 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.
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