Sample Literature Paper on Meter in Poetry

Prosody website is no doubt one of the most confusing and complicated sites at a first glance. The very first time I opened it, I could not comprehend a thing, and neither could I understand where to maneuver for more insights in regards to the information attached at the top of the site. I sure took a lot of time before I understood what it was all about and to finally know what to do next. Indeed, the complexity of prosody website is something worth noting. After reading through I understood the meaning of meter, which refers to the recurring pattern created in a line of verse in a poem (Prosody). I had a couple of questions arising from it, for example, whether there is a limit on the number of times the pattern has to appear and whether it is okay to use one word in all the lines of the poem’s verses. These are the two questions I would like to inquire from my fellow classmates and more so my instructor.

Sestina and sonnet are the older forms many scholars identify with. These scholars credit their poems in these forms, as they claim that their quality is found in their harmony of plan and not their consistency to some external outline in the compression of an idea. Another aspect that the scholars applaud in these forms is the accuracy of words as well as representation (Marsico n.p).

Scholars use these traditional forms because they are the most thoughtful and conceptual, and they are fundamentally theatrical in nature. These forms have fascinated poets due to their tough construction tasks in solving an intellectual dilemma (Marsico n.p).

Sestina and sonnet forms are simple and can be grasped easily. They are important poetic forms for basic cultural literacy. Additionally learning and writing them is pure fun to learners and simplifies the subject of poetry.



Work Cited

Marsico, Lynn. “Studying the Sonnet: An Introduction to the Importance of Form in Poetry.” Yale national initiative, Accessed 24 April 2018.

Prosody Website. “For Better for Verse.” Accessed 24 April 2018.