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The repitition of the short i sound in "still unravished" emphasizes the meaning of those words and suggests the speaker's first impression of wonder at the ancient urn's pristine state, while the long i that predominates suggests the serenity and self-possession that it exudes.

Hamilton, Essential Literary Terms (198-225) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

While I did know that a lot of thought and consideration went into the writing of poetry--as with all forms of writing--I never really realized how much until I read this assignment. There is so much that goes into the writing of poetry that I never really knew about. It is amazing how something as seemingly simple as repeated consonants or vowel sounds can affect the meaning behind the poem to such an extent.

I have to say, this section was a daunting one to read. Because there was so much I didn't know, I had to reread multiple sections a few times before I could grasp the concepts--and some I still have yet to grasp. It was a relief everytime I came across a word I recognized.


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I felt the same way. This section was almost like algebra in words, trying to count the syllables and measure the levels of stressed and unstressed. I swear, the Pythagorean theorem was easier!


I didn't && I agree - this section of Hamilton cleared up a lot of stuff.

Bethany Bouchard:

Yeah. I thought writing poetry was hard before all this rhythm and meter business was brought into the big picture. Now it's like whoa!

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