"Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful" ~Rita Dove
The Elements of Poetry
Mood or Tone
The feeling that is evoked.
Simile, metaphor, hyperbole, idiom, personification.
Words that appeal to the senses.
Poet’s word choice.
A good title can add depth to the poem, or help illuminate the meaning for the reader. A bad title can be too obvious, too revealing, or simply confusing.
A representation of something else.
The figurative meaning.
The dictionary meaning.
The juxtaposition between what appears to be true and what’s actually true.
Free verse, haiku, ballad, sonnet, pastiche.
The rhythm or beat established by poet.
Words, lines or phrases repeated for emphasis
POV (Point of View)
Narration. Who’s talking.
Division of lines in a poem (like paragraphs).
Stressed syllables are emphasized or spoken loudly.
Words that have the same ending sound.
Words with the same beginning sound.
Words with the same middle vowel sound.
Poet changes word order for meaning.
Unstressed syllables are not emphasized nor spoken loudly.