Explain in 150 words what is similar in terms of the structure and form in the poems "A Poet's Advice to Students" by E.E. Cummings and "Poetry Is..." by Betty Lies. Use evidence from each poem to...

Explain in 150 words what is similar in terms of the structure and form in the poems "A Poet's Advice to Students" by E.E. Cummings and "Poetry Is..." by Betty Lies. Use evidence from each poem to support your responses.

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Both E.E. Cummings' poem "A Poet's Advice to Students" and Betty Lies poem "Poetry Is" are written using free verse. Neither poem follows a distinct rhythm, rhyme, or line length. As for any poetic devices, both poems contain repetition. E.E. Cummings repeats the word "believe" numerous times throughout the poem, while Lies uses phrase repetition. Lies begins all but one line (of her nine line poem) with "poetry is."

Both poems contain an internal structure which speak to the same exact topic: how to write poetry. While Lies states openly what poetry needs to contain (being the "concretes" of poetry), Cummings' poem is far more thought provoking. Cummings' poem illustrates the "abstracts" of poetry.

The line length for each poem is curious as well. Both poets use very long lines. Each use enjambment (the continuing of a poetic "sentence" over two or more lines). Also, if one is taught not to pause at a line break, and only at punctuation, the line leaves the reader breathless (especially in Cummings' poem).

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