Poetry and pictures
I discuss techniques of poetry by asking the question: WHY DOES THIS WORK AND HOW CAN IT HELP YOU.
This month I discuss Metrical Variation by means of the book
By Karen Jameson
Art by Wednesday Kirwan
Why does this work and how can it help you?
Neigh-a-bye lullaby /-/
Slowly swaying rock – a – bye /-/-/-/
Nuzzle nose, breathing deep /-/ /-/
Plodding, nodding off to sleep /-/-/-/
Moo-a-bye lullaby /-/
Droop eyelids flutter – sigh //-/-/
Setting in, hoof to chin /-/ /-/
Milky dreams come floating in /-/-/-/
What is the purpose for metrical variation?
It gives us a surprise with unexpected turns of phrase.
Helps avoid a sing-song cadence.
Emphasizes phrases or a refrain.
- Did you notice the metrical variation by means of the spondee?
- Did you notice each line is truncated?
- Did you notice the change of metrical feet for certain stanzas?
- Did you notice the metonymy? The substitution of the name of an attribute or adjunct for that of the thing meant? For example: Neigh-a-bye lullaby and Moo-a-bye lullaby?
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