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Intro to poetry (Rev.)

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  • 1.  Stress story and action  Epic  Adventures of a hero  Often related to nation-building  Origins, beliefs, etc.  Ex: Homer’s Illiad, Virgil’s Aeneid  Ballad  Meant to be sung or recited  Repetition, refrains, obvious “poetic” language  “Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner “- Coleridge  Epic and Ballad often intended to be oral narratives
  • 2.  Story subordinate to song, style  Subjective  Concentration on emotion, thoughts  Often single speaker  Not as strict in convention as narrative poetry  Brief  Melodic  Emotional intensity  Often intended to be sung
  • 3.  Epigram  Brief, witty satire  Elegy  Lament for the dead  Ode  Long poem organized in variety of stanzas, meters, forms  Sonnet  14 line; expression of emotion or idea  Italian or English