In free verse poems you don’t have to write it a certain way. But in “When Black People Are” is written in paragraph form. “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” is written in Single line form. In free verse poems you can really express yourself without having to write in a certain way.
The first similarity is that they both are free-verse poems because they don’t have a rhyme scheme at all. It seems as if A. B. Spellman told his poem off the top of his head: “I sometimes would walk from wall to wall fighting visions…” But not any of the lines correlated with each other at all. In Langston’s poem he talks about the rivers which don’t end in words that rhyme. And I believe they both decided to do free-verse due to the fact that they wanted to express their thoughts. They wanted to let the reader know what was really going on inside of their head, and what they really felt. That is why they are both free-verse poems.
The poems “When Black People Are” and “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” were two really powerful poems. I really enjoyed reading them both. I enjoyed reading them because of the messages that I received from them both. Both poems had similarities and differences, the ones that stuck out to me were they both focus on African Americans, they both were free verse, and the differences of the poems were the themes.
Dreams by Langston Hughes is a great poem. It is very short but it also has meaning to it. It amazes me how this man can write a poem in less than 9 lines and still have the ferociousness as the greatest writers did back when they were alive. Dreams has different poetic devices used throughout the poem such as, imagery and metaphors. This is the poem. Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a
An Essay on Poetry - Steven C. Scheer
ghosts of many an ancient memory Dwell by the brackish pools and ditches blind, In these low-lying pastures of the wind, These marshes pale and meadows by the sea. (99) This poem interests me because it is the contrast between the past and the present. In the past, everything was grander and nature was able to thrive before humans invaded their space hence the first two lines of the poem. Then, reading down the poem, the writing begins to become dreary and depressing when the author
Comparison: Sample Essay, Two Poems
Metrical rhythm generally involves precise arrangements of stresses or syllables into repeated patterns called within a line. In Modern English verse the pattern of stresses primarily differentiate feet, so rhythm based on meter in Modern English is most often founded on the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables (alone or ). In the , on the other hand, while the units are similar, rather than stresses define the meter. poetry used a metrical pattern involving varied numbers of syllables but a fixed number of strong stresses in each line.
Comparison: Sample Literary Essay, Two Poems
The methods for creating poetic rhythm vary across languages and between poetic traditions. Languages are often described as having timing set primarily by , , or , depending on how rhythm is established, though a language can be influenced by multiple approaches. is a -timed language. Syllable-timed languages include , , , , and . , and, generally, are stress-timed languages. Varying also affects how rhythm is perceived. Languages can rely on either pitch, such as in Vedic Sanskrit or Ancient Greek, or tone. include Chinese, Vietnamese and most .