Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Materials from yesterday's class

You can find definitions of the terms we used yesterday on the Poetry Terms page (see link on sidebar). In addition to terms like "iambic pentameter," which are on the handout, we talked about these:

Shakespearean sonnet
Petrarchan sonnet

The poems or examples I mentioned were these:

Common meter or hymn measure (Emily Dickinson): iambic tetrameter alternating with iambic trimeter. Other example: "Amazing Grace" by John Newton

Anapestic tetrameter: "The Destruction of Sennacherib" by George Gordon, Lord Byron

Iambic pentameter (Petrarchan sonnet): "The World is Too Much With Us" by William Wordsworth

Someone asked for an example of dactylic hexameter (the meter used for classical epics but not much used in English verse):
Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Here's a sample:

This is the forest primeval; but where are the hearts that beneath it
Leaped like the roe, when he hears in the woodland the voice of the huntsman?
Where is the thatch-roofed village, the home of Acadian farmers—
Men whose lives glided on like rivers that water the woodlands,
Darkened by shadows of earth, but reflecting an image of heaven?

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