QUIZ ON ‘SPIDER APPROACH’ LECTURE

Today’s poetry quiz will be based on our last lecture WRITING POETRY: SHITTU FOWORA’S SPIDER APPROACH’. In the lecturer, Fowora gave a simple formula for writing poetry and he called it the Spider Approach with 5 key points: S- Scenario P- Purpose I- Imagery D- Diction E – Economy of words...

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POETRY: IMAGERY vs SYMBOLISM

IMAGERY vs SYMBOLISM:  Understanding the difference between these two terms has been an issue for many people. In fact many of us think they are one and the same. But this is not so. In the barest of terms Imagery in literature is used to paint a mental image of something...

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UNDERSTANDING SYMBOLISM IN POETRY

Generally, symbolism is the representation of one thing by another. Such representations may concern persons, objects or ideas. Symbolism is another way of creating imagery through comparison. This is what metaphor, smiles, personification and metonymy do. If all these devices create imagery through comparison just like symbolism, what then are...

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LET’S WRITE A ‘SWAP QUATRAIN’

  The Swap quatrain is a form of poetry created by Lorraine M. Kanter within the poem, each stanza must contain a quatrain — four lines stanza, where the first line is reversed in the fourth line. In addition, line 2 of the swap quatrain must rhyme with line 1...

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UNDERSTANDING COUPLETS

Couplets are any two lines working as a unit, whether they comprise a single stanza or are part of a larger stanza. Most couplets rhyme (A-A), but they do not have to. “Couplet, a pair of end-rhymed lines of verse that are self-contained in grammatical structure and meaning. A couplet...

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POETRY AND SIMPLICITY

What is you take on poetry and simplicity? Should poetry be simple or should high sounding words, complexities be introduced? “Some people think the poem’s beauty is in the cloaking and the use of large words. I think it’s in the weaving of meanings into meanings such that the reader...

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SPOONERISM: THE ELASTICITY OF WORDS

Today we’ll be talking about something really fun and interesting… spoonerism. Spoonerism is the transposition of initial or other sounds of words, usually by accident, as in a blushing crow for a crushing blow, according to Dictionary.com. Named after the British scholar Reverend William Archibald Spooner, who is known for...

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