Poetic Language

What is Poetic Language?

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lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Poetic language is the use of any of the literary/poetic language techniques that are used by poets to convey their message.  The following are some of the most common:

Figurative Language Examples

1. Simile -- comparison using like or as

ex.  The pretty flower is like a ray of sunshine in my garden.

2.  Metaphor -- implied comparison

ex.  The pretty flower is a ray of sunshine in my garden.

3.  Personfication -- giving a human quality to a non-human thing

ex.  The flower smiled its radiance over the rest of the garden.

4.  Symbolism -- an object or person that represents some other quality. 

ex.  The beautiful flower represents the glory of nature.

5.  Imagery -- language that appeals to any of the senses

Ex. The vibrant smooth yellow petals emitted a beautiful perfume that attrached buzzy bees.


Sound Devices

1.  Assonance -- repetition of vowels sounds

Ex. The flowers allowed me a glimpse into beauty.

2.  Consonance -- repetition of consonant sounds within words

ex.  The flowers call me to tell all their beauty.  (L's)

3.  Alliteration -- repetition of sound at the start of words

ex.  The flowers flowed freely down the vine.

4.  internal rhyme -- rhyming words within a line

ex.  The flowers call all of the bees.

5.  end rhyme -- rhyming words at the end of at tleast 2 lines

7.  meter / rhythm-- the rythmic pattern of syllables in a line -- look to mark the stressed and unstressed syllables and look for a pattern.  Shakespeare wrote primary in iambic pentatmater.  That means each even-numbered syllable was stressed (iambic) and there were 5 of those in a line. (pentameter)

You can learn more and see more examples if you look at the link below.

litelle209 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Poetic language is the language most often (but not exclusively) used in poetry. The key is that poetry is much more compressed than fiction (short stories or novels for instance). Since the language is denser in a poem, the word order is so much more significant. For instance, a poem and a short story may both attempt to convey the the beauty of nature, but the poem will do so in three stanzas while the short story will do it on three pages. To get the same point across, the poem has to rely on a number of techniques that will evoke emotions in a reader. These techniques are called poetic devices and may include rhyming, metaphors, similes, etc. Unlike fiction, poetry or poetic language does not have to follow grammatical rules, which allows readers to sort of unpack the poem and make meaning. Through the use of poetic language a poem is often more intense emotionally and also more open to interpretation.