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Poetry: February 13, 2019 Issue [#9379]

 This week: Opposites Attract - Opposites in Poetry
  Edited by: RedWritingHood♡WDC
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"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."

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Opposites Attract - Opposites in Poetry

Opposites are found everywhere, including poetry. This month I will share a couple of poetry terms utilizing opposites, and two types of poetry that are opposites.


Antithesis: This is where a poet will combine opposites into a line of poetry, stanza or complete poem. These could be two opposite words or phrases. Blake utilized this in several of his poems.

Irony: This term can come in many forms. According to Elements of Poetry, “irony is a figure of speech in which actual intent is expressed through words that carry the opposite meaning.”

Fixed Verse

Fixed verse is any poem with a strict requirement on how it’s formatted (ie: rhyme, meter, etc.) as you are creating it. Fixed verse examples are many of your and my favorites like, pantoum, sonnet, and haiku.


--Some sort of strict rule that guides the formatting of the poem.

Examples are:

--line count like haiku

--meter and rhyme like the sonnet

--and repetition of lines like the pantoum


--So this varies depending on the form and is everything else not dictated by the formatting rules. Most often it will be the topic, but not always.

Free Verse

Turco felt free verse was a contradiction in terms, free verse as most poets know it is poetry without strict rules. Does that mean that creating good poetry is easier without restrictions? It depends on your definition of easy and your poetry process.

Variations of free verse: Drury’s poetry dictionary talks about variations of free verse along the lines of: short-lined, long-lined, variable-length, and spatial arrangement. New Princeton Encyclopedia talks about an avant-garde variation. Since we are talking about a form without restrictions, to me the variations are just ways to categorize this poetry. If these variations inspire you, yay! If not, ignore them and create great poetry.


--No restrictions on and no regular patterns of meter, rhyme, etc.


--Amount of lines per stanza.

--Amount of stanzas.

--Rhyme: although there usually is not a regular rhyming pattern. If rhyme is used it’s usually sporadic or internal.


--and everything else you can think of related to your poem.


Drury, John. the po.e.try dic.tion.ar.y. 2nd edition. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books, 2006. Print.

The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Edited by Ales Preminger and T. V. F. Brogan. 1993.

Turco, Lewis. The Book of Forms. 3rd. Lebanon, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 2000.


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Editor's Picks

Theme: Irony, free verse and any fixed verse that caught my eye.

Box of Soldiers  [ASR]
...an irony of wartime, and a true story
by Cappucine

A parody of sorts of a Shakespearian Sonnet. It is much easier to funny than skillful.
by The Critic

 Irony  [ASR]
SLAM! Finale Round 10 - Religion
by Sophy

 On the couch  [13+]
About the end of a relationship. Irony.
by Pita

 Your Knight in Shining Irony  [E]
Never forget that signs of wear are signs of use.
by Brillo

 The Proposal  [E]
Irony. . . gotta love it - true story. . .my first proposal. . .
by treescanrain

Haiku  [E]
Haikku: poems of short refection
by Shaara

 Vocabulary  [E]
A consequence of possessing an expansive vocabulary
by Elisa-Stik Stuck Inside

Complete Seduction  [13+]
Free verse poem of seduction.
by Diane

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