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literary work in which the expression of feelings and ideas is given intensity by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature.

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What is the meaning of “squiggles out” in the poem “What Is Red" by Mary O' Neill?

What is the meaning of “squiggles out” in the poem “What Is Red" by Mary O' Neill? Source Red squiggles out when you cut your hand. Red is a brick and the sound of a band. From the Oxfard ...
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"Mysterious, beautiful" from the poem "The Wild Swans at Coole"

"Mysterious, beautiful" from the poem "The Wild Swans at Coole" - which type of rhetorical figure it is? Is it a epigram? But now they drift on the still water, Mysterious, ...
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What does "Art to nature beauty lends" mean?

What does "Art to nature beauty lends" mean? It seems to mean "Art lends beauty to nature", but there's two inversion, "Art lends to nature beauty", which then becomes &...
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To stay the feet of every passer-by

What does To stay the feet mean in the verse below And hear the others who with cymbals try To stay the feet of every passer-by:    The market-men along the darkling lane Are crying up their wares.—...
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Lack of verbs in Chinese poem translations

Thoughts on a Tranquil Night or Night Thoughts(《静夜思》)is a famous ancient Chinese poem, written by Li Bai, the most prominent poet of the Tang Dynasty. This poem was translated by numerous poetry ...
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What are the correctness and use cases for two subjects for the same verb?

This is found in Bob Dylan's line: The Times They Are a-Changin’ I would like to have an educated view on three aspects: It seems to be an artistic license, an incorrect form of Times are changing. ...
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How to read and interpret the poem lines?

I came across below poetry lines from The Righteous Life: The Very Best of A.P.J. Abdul Kalam book I'm currently reading. I'm not quite used to or familiar with understanding poem lines. My ...
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Two questions about the 4th verse of "The Star-Spangled Banner"

4th verse of "The Star-Spangled Banner": O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war’s desolation. Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued ...
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Adjectives next to a noun, separated by a comma

Can we add the adjectives of a noun next to it separated by a comma as below in poetry and in general? eg 1: Her hair, long and shiny, blowing in the wind {..} eg 2: Your girl, her hair long and ...
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Question about poetic meter(DUM-da DUM-da DUM-da DUM)in a children's book

Recently I've learned something about poetic meter such as iamb and trochee. And I‘ve known that iamb is consisted of one unstressed syllable and one stressed syllable. The rhythm of it sounds like da-...
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What is the grammar of the following strange sentence by Edgar Poe?

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter, In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore; I don't understand the meaning but I am interested in the grammar so ...
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"To a mouse" by Robert Burns

I have been fascinated by a poem of Robert Burns "To a mouse" from my childhood. It is amazingly, heart-breakingly translated to my native language. When reading the origin, very much of the ...
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When does the long enumeration in this poem starts and ends? [closed]

The Busy Heart by Rupert Brooke Now that we've done our best and worst, and parted, I would fill my mind with thoughts that will not rend. (O heart, I do not dare go empty-hearted) I'll think of Love ...
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Is spondee itself a spondee?

Are both syllables of "spondee" stressed in English? (Are there online dictionaries which record secondary stress? I couldn't find any just now...)
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Meaning of "Ample-lapped"

Context: I found a poem by Ben Shahn titled Father and Child, which says: "Times change: no longer the virgin ample-lapped; the child fallen in it from an adjacent heaven." And I have never ...
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How to understand "Roses are red" in this context?

I stumbled across this answer on The Workplace, where the OP has done freelancing work but had their remuneration withheld. The answer opened with Roses are red, Violets are blue, Pay me. Some quick ...
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Is this structure acceptable: "After D comes E."

"After D comes E." I know that we don't use this structure very often but I see such structures (the subject is preceeded by the verb (...comes E instead of ...E comes), which is completely ...
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A better parody of “traitors, Rattlesnakes and alligators” [closed]

The song "Union Dixie" (the very opposite of "Dixie") sings: "Away down South in the land of traitors, rattlesnakes and alligators. Right away! Come away! Right away! Come ...
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"This raining is falling hard" would it be wrong? or how does it feels for you

I know it is commonly said "This rain is falling hard" but I am working in a poem and "This raining is falling hard" fits perfect with all the metrics and the entire story. But ...
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Can I say the action noun in this usage

I want to say 'the city is destroyed into ashes' more poetically and uniquely. Can I say 'the city is with destruction into ashes'? More specifically, there's no city because of destruction and just ...
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An English Song/Poetry With Differrent Grammatic Structure

The other day, I have watched the movie King Arthur Legend of the Sword and, in it, there was an energizer song that includes some words and structure with which I am not familiar. Here are the lyrics:...
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“…presume not God to scan” – what does it mean?

I came across a line from the poem An Essay on Man: Epistle II by Alexander Pope, and I don't understand it in terms of grammar and meaning. Could you help me understand it, please? The passage is: ...
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"Try as I like to find the way, I never can get back by day. "

Could you please help me understand the two following sentences: Try as I like to find the way, I never can get back by day. As you can imagine I do understand each word separately, however the ...
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What is the purpose of "that" in "I wonder how close that I came"?

This is from the song "Worthless" by Van Dyke Parks from the movie The Brave Little Toaster. I once ran the Indy 500 I must confess I'm impressed how I did it I wonder how close that I came ...
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Using 'late' as a preposition?

Second stanza of The Convergence of the Twain by Thomas Hardy: Steel chambers, late the pyres Of her salamandrine fires, Cold currents thrid, and turn to rhythmic tidal lyres. Can 'late' be used as ...
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Is "butter on toast" an idiom in English

This is a stanza from Ruskin Bond's poem If Mice Could Roar: If tortoise could run And losses be won And bullies be buttered on toast I can't understand the phrase bullies be buttered on toast. By ...
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Meaning of "And held the darkness over day, that night"

I don't understand the meaning of above line. It's from the song Valentine's Day by Linkin Park. I've posted the full verse below: My insides all turned to ash, so slow And blew away as I collapsed, ...
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Meaning of a 16th century verse [closed]

What does this verse mean? Do fain and use have archaic meanings here? When first Amyntas su'd for a Kiss, My innocent Heart was tender; That tho‘ I push'd him away from the bliss, My Eyes declar'd ...
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What is the meaning of poem 'The Road Not Taken'

What is meaning off below lines. I am not able to understand it. Can anyone please explain me. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all ...
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and... and... in poetry

Busy Heart, The by Rupert Brooke Now that we've done our best and worst, and parted, I would fill my mind with thoughts that will not rend. (O heart, I do not dare go empty-hearted) ...
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Can I make this sentence construction?

For example, I have this phrase: The dogs bark. Can I use this intead: Bark, the dogs. Is this switch of the verb place used (in poetry for example) or comprehensible? Thanks :)
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Meaning of 'looking quite blue with the cold of his drive' and 'Ah-kishes'

'Twas General Janus, the first to arrive, In snow-shoes and gaiters, Escorted by skaters, And looking quite blue with the cold of his drive, See him come in, with his footman Aquarius, Who presents ...
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"Arrive at the home" or "arrive on the home" in this example?

I am trying to translate a couplet of a famous Urdu poet named Mirza Ghalib. Which proposition should be appropriate for the example given below, at, on, or neither? O Ghalib, shrubs are growing ...
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What does this quote mean "Call no chain strong, Which holds one rusted link."

What does the quote mean from the poem Protest by Ella Wheeler Wilcox mean? "Call no chain strong, Which holds one rusted link."? Here is the section: Therefore I do protest against the boast ...
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Adjectives after nouns

Just in that farthermost angle, where You see the remains of a winding-stair, One turret especially high in air Uprear’d its tall gaunt form; As if defying the power of Fate, or ...
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What is 'assonance'?

What is the exact definition of the literary device assonance? This web site Literary Devices explains it as: Assonance takes place when two or more words, close to one another repeat the same ...
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Can a parenthesis come between a "to" and its infinitive?

Is it okay for a parenthesis to come between to + infinitive, or should it stay as a one-part whether it's before or after the parenthesis? I began to, when it left me and disappeared, desire it ...
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How would you interpret the meaning of "green wars" in this poem?

This is the relevant part of the poem I'm gonna ask a question about: Those who prepare green wars, wars with gas, wars with fire, victory with no survivors, would put on clean clothes and ...
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"There sat the Shadow fear'd of man"

But where the path we walk'd began To slant the fifth autumnal slope, As we descended following Hope, There sat the Shadow fear'd of man... (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/...
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I didn't feel like very much

The Poet says Four o'clock in the afternoon And I didn't feel like very much. and, while I have a grasp of the meaning (I know about the idiom "I don't feel like ..." and the context makes ...
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What does it mean to 'pipe'?

On the first poem of his book Songs of Innocence and Experience, William Blake wrote: Piping down the valleys wild, piping songs of pleasant glee, on a cloud I saw a child, and he ...
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What does "so much the more thereby" mean?

This is These Are The Clouds, a poem by William Butler Yeats: THESE are the clouds about the fallen sun, The majesty that shuts his burning eye: The weak lay hand on what the strong has ...
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"anything less than whole” [closed]

Hey can someone help me to explain what does "anything less than whole” in this poem by Rupi Kaur mean? i had to leave i was tired of allowing you to make me feel anything less than whole
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Grammar behind "Whatever what is is is what I want."

Here is the poem: Prayer, by Galway Kinnell Whatever happens. Whatever what is is is what I want. Only that. But that. I came across this poem as an interesting example of English grammar ...
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What is the meaning of "So away to the shool bus I flew"?

What is the meaning of "So away to the shool bus I flew" in the following sentence(Source: The Night Before The 100th DAY OF SCHOOL By Natasha Wing ) The very next morning the big day was here. ...
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Meaning of “we’ll cut him down as for the border he rides”

Welsh History 101B: My neighbour from England has come across raiding, Slain six of my kinsmen and burned down my hall. It cannot be borne, this offence and injustice: I’ve only killed ...
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About English poetry

During my studying English, I thought about how we learn our native language. Mine is Russian. At school we learn a lot of poetry, different poems we learn by heart. So my question is, how often ...
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What is the grammar of "my heart burdened be"?

I have some trouble understanding a line from the song, "You Raise Me Up" When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary When troubles come and my heart burdened be Then, I am still and wait here in ...
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We'd as well be 10 minutes back in time?

In Storm by Tim Minchin, after a heavy argument, Tim says; We'd as well be 10 minutes back in time, For all the chance you'll change your mind. Can you please explain that sentence to me from the ...
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What is the meaning of even if contact is lost here?

It means the memories last, even if contact is lost. What is the meaning of even if contact is lost here?
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