The poem is made up of six four-line stanzas, or quatrains, like the one above. Each quatrain consists of two rhyming couplets, the bulk of which are written in perfect iambic tetrameter and, if said correctly, rhyme flawlessly. The last line of each stanza also ends with a rhyming word or phrase.
The poem can be divided into three sections: lament, confession, and doleful tune. The first section, or lament, describes how love makes its lover suffer. This section uses many poetic devices, such as oxymorons (the use of contradictory terms such as "cold fire" to describe something that is both cold and hot) and paradoxes (using words that contradict what has been said before, such as "consuming" when describing love).
The second section, or confession, tells of how love is unrequited and how its poet cannot sleep. It concludes with the poet begging for forgiveness for having fallen in love and asking God to grant him patience until he meets his love again.
The final section, or doleful tune, is an example of a mourning song. It tells of how love will make its lover sick and how nobody will hire him once he loses his job due to heartbreak. The tune then changes tone and becomes happy again, as it describes how love makes its beloved even more beautiful.
"The Raven" is a ballad composed of eighteen stanzas of six lines each. The rhyme system of the poem is ABCBBB. Poe employs a variety of literary strategies in this poem, including alliteration, personification, and repetition. The poem's plot involves a young woman who is married to a wealthy man. She loves another man, but her husband will not let her see him. So she kills her husband with an axe and then commits suicide.
4. THE STRUCTURE The poem is composed of 13 couplets, the majority of which do not rhyme. As a result, the poem appears fractured, much like the damaged soldier's mental state. The poem portrays the stages of a wife's quest for answers from her injured husband, who has just returned from a combat zone.
5. THE HUNTER Antony was known as "the great hunter" in Greece and Rome. He used this name to describe himself because he loved to hunt. In Egypt, the Assyrians called him "the king of hunters," because he was such an excellent commander. During his lifetime, he must have hunted large animals such as lions, elephants, and leopards. He probably also killed humans since the Egyptians said that Antony brought about their destruction during his wars.
6. THE WIFE Cleopatra was known as "the goddess who loves hunting" in Egypt. This is because she spent a lot of time pursuing wild animals with her dog Charmus. She probably enjoyed fighting alongside her soldiers as much as commanding them from a distance.
7. THE QUESTION How is the manhunt structured? The woman (Cleopatra) asks seven questions about her husband (Antony). Each question corresponds with one of the lines of the poem. Thus, the poem can be thought of as a series of questions and answers.
"The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" is written in iambic tetrameter, which is four feet (tetra) of unstressed or stressed syllables (iambic), with seven stanzas each made of two rhyming couplets, with a conventional rhyme scheme of aabb. The poem is composed in English.
The first edition was published in 1609 by Edward Blount. It was later revised and expanded by Alexander Herrick and William Cowper. The poem is based on John Milton's Lycidas (1637).
Milton wrote the poem in 1631 when he was 25 years old. It was originally intended for publication but was never sold because its market was limited to students at Cambridge University where Milton was then teaching. The idea came from one of his students who had read some of his poems in a magazine and asked if he could publish them. Milton agreed provided that the student provide some additional material - including a title - for each piece. This student proved to be good for poetry since he was also a writer who used some of these poems as samples.
In 1607 Milton had published "Lycidas", a poem about a dead fish found on a river bank. It was an academic success but didn't make much money so he decided to write another one. This time he drew inspiration from the story of David and Jonathan, two young men who were friends since they were children.
"To My Dear and Loving Husband" is written in iambic pentameter, which means that most lines have five iambs in a succession. A few changes on this rhythmic pattern keep the meter from becoming boring. For example, sometimes two iambs are replaced with a dactyl (six-syllable line) or a spondee (two six-syllable lines connected).
This poem is about a husband's love for his wife. It was written by Sarah Pratt, an American poet who was born in Connecticut in 1776. She married William Bartlett, a wealthy Boston merchant, in 1802. They had three children together before they divorced in 1816. In 1817, she married again, to John Pratt, a wealthy New York businessman. He died four years later.
Her poems were popular in her time because they used simple language that anyone could understand. Many of them were also inspired by personal experiences; for example, "To My Dear and Loving Husband" describes the happiness Mrs. Pratt felt when she finally found Mr. Right after being married twice before. However, none of her marriages lasted more than seven years so she probably didn't think much of any of her husbands.
In addition to writing poetry, Sarah Pratt started a school for poor children in Boston.