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Poetry primer: Poetry from A to Z

Poet Alison Chisholm guides you through the language of poetry

An INCANTATION is a chant, usually rhythmical, often using repetition, and suggesting a magical connotation.

INITIAL RHYME is another term for alliteration, where the opening consonant sounds in consecutive or closely-placed words are the same, such as blow big bubbles.

The IN MEMORIAM STANZA is associated with Tennyson and his masterpiece In Memoriam AHH, written over a period of seventeen years after the sudden death of his friend Arthur Henry Hallam. It is a quatrain envelope stanza, in which two rhyming lines wrap themselves around a rhyming couplet. This creates a rhyme pattern of: a b b a. Iambic tetrameter is used throughout the poem, as this stanza from a love poem demonstrates.

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