Additional information Introduction Many students tend to overuse direct quotations in their essays. Direct quotations should be used only when paraphrasing would change the effectiveness or meaning of the author's words or when the author is a noted authority and the idea could not be better expressed or said more succinctly.
What really must be covered in your coursework and exam answers? Interpretation At the core of any and every answer or essay about poetry must be your own interpretation of the poem or poems you are writing about.
It is this alone that attracts the majority of marks. In a nutshell, the more subtly you interpret a poem - and give support for your interpretation - the higher your marks, and grade, will be.
Poems are rarely to be taken at face value. It is never the literal meanings that will gain you any marks - it is exposing and discussing the poem's 'deeper meanings' that bring in the marks every time.
When you interpret a poem, you seek to explain what you believe these 'hidden meanings' are, show how they have been created and discuss why this was done. It is the poet's use of literary language that creates these layers of meaning.
Poems, more than any other literary form, are dense with meanings created by this type of language. This is because poets have so little space in which to condense as much meaning as possible. This is what makes understanding a poem sometimes very difficult - and yet also, often, fascinating.
Just why do poets do this? Is it just to make their poems 'hard to understand'? It's because poetry is an art form and the poet is an artist who wants to express not only meaning but also feeling and emotion. Such is the power of a truly fine poem that it can sometimes manage to 'say the unsayable'.
Let's get one thing clear: An interpretation is always an opinion - an insight into what the poem might mean. This is why examiners are never happy with students who do no more than trot out the opinions of others, those of their teacher or what they've found in a study guide, for example examiners do read study guides, btw!
Examiners will always give the most marks to a student's original ideas - so long as they are valid and are supported by close and careful reference to the poem itself. Whilst it is your own ideas that are needed, it is invariably easier to uncover the layers of meaning in a poem by discussing it with others.
Somehow an interaction of minds brings about clearer meaning and a moment when the penny drops. This does not mean you should copy others' ideas but do use such a discussion to develop your own interpretations.
You might be one of the many who feel discussing poetry is not cool.Lauren Singer Ledoux is an assistant judge of the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest, and the North Street Book kaja-net.com is a native New Yorker living in Western Massachusetts.
Her poetry has been published in Nerve House, Bareback, Feel the Word, Read This, Kosmosis, One Night Stanzas, and other literary magazines across the country. Poetry-related essays, interviews with contemporary poets, blog posts, and more from the Poetry Foundation archive.
Poetry-related essays, interviews with contemporary poets, blog posts, and more from the Poetry Foundation archive. Prose from Poetry Magazine. My Life Is a Poem. By Rhymefest. Why words are a super power. Read More. Prose. Prose essay needs to be characterized first of all.
As indicated by most dictionaries and literature resources, prose is the conventional type of written language which is not poetry, drama, or song.
Prose is one of the major genres of literature. 1. The example of music, which has long been an abstract art, and which avant-garde poetry has tried so much to emulate, is interesting. Music, Aristotle said curiously enough, is the most imitative and vivid of all arts because it imitates its original -- the state of the soul -- with the greatest immediacy.
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Ghazal As a form of Urdu poetry in the Asian subcontinent Niranjan Sarkar. Back to the index to Niranjan Sarkar's essays. The history of ghazal is already published in a wonderful essay by David Jalajel, kaja-net.com traces the very beginning of the ghazal as .