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Poetry from A to Z

Poet Alison Chisholm guides you through the language of poetry

A good outlet for satirical verse writers is MOCK–EPIC/HEROIC/PASTORAL poetry. In this, the poet takes one of these grand styles and sends it up by debasing the subject matter. One of the most famous – and longest – examples of these mock poems is Pope’s The Rape of the Lock, with its several hundred lines on the unauthorised cutting of a lock of hair.

The MODERNIST school of poetry, starting at the close of the 19th century, promoted the use of free verse, clarity of imagery and a rejection of the strictly formal Victorian style. Ezra Pound and TS Eliot were two major figures in the rise of modernism.

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