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What is the effect of the meter and rhyme in Sailing to Byzantium?
I know the meter and the rhyme scheme but I can't figure out what the effect is on the poem. Could someone help me please?

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"Sailing to Byzantium" Summary The speaker, referring to the country that he has left, says that it is "no country for old men": it is full of youth and life, with the young lying in one another's arms, birds singing in the trees, and fish swimming in the waters. There, "all summer long" the world rings with the "sensual music" that makes the young neglect the old, whom the speaker describes as "Monuments of unageing intellect." More… Full Summary: http://www.sparknotes.com/poetry/yeats/section6.rhtml •"Sailing to Byzantium" http://www.articlemyriad.com/yeats.htm http://www.sparknotes.com/poetry/yeats/section6.rhtml http://www.gradesaver.com/poems-of-wb-yeats-the-tower/study-guide/section1/ http://www.shmoop.com/intro/poetry/william-butler-yeats/sailing-to-byzantium.html



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What effects do the following language features have on the reader?
Repetition, alliteration, onomatopoeia, short sentences, rhyme, tripling, use of 1st/2nd person etc. I have a GCSE English language mock exam (higher tier) coming up tomorrow morning and I really want to do well in it- A/A* level if possible. Thanks. :D

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Repetition: draws attention to and emphasises the idea/word/phrase/theme/concept. Highlights its importance/relavance. Alliteration: the sound effect can emphasie or add to the idea/theme/concept. E.g If there is a poem about a river and there are lots of 'b' and 'p' sounds it can show the softness and gentle flow of the water. If, on the other hand, the alliteration makes the poem seem 'choppy', it can emphasise the river's rapidity and fast-flowingness. Short sentences: They emphasies fear, speed and convey the fast-pased movement of the story. Alternatively they can emphasies the importance of the idea in the sentence, as it is put by itself, and there are no 'frills' to distract from the point the sentence is trying to make. Rhyme: Can make a poem feel softer, flowier, gentler, more rounded. If there is a single rhyme (e.g a couplet) in a poem that isn't present for the rest of the poem it draws attention to the theme/idea/concept presented in that particular couplet/rhyme. Tripling: What's that? Use of 1st person: Makes the action seem more 'real' since its happening to you. Also could emphasise that the experience being talked about is more personal and realistic. Use of 2nd person: Provides an overall view and includes what's going on in everything. Could be a more balanced/neutral viewpoint. Hope I helped :)



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How can I start a poem about women rights and the power women have?
My class has to write poems about women rights and the power that a woman has. I suck at writing poems so I need some help. How should I start it?

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Write a Limerick, it is a five-line poem in which lines 1, 2, and 5 are anapestic trimeters and lines 3 and 4 are anapestic dimeters, rhymed as aabba. Or a sonnet preferably the Italian or Petrarchan sonnet. Or you could divide it into quatrains which is four lines in a stanza. For a rhyme scheme, you could use something like terza rima or design your own. I always find organization helpful when writing poetry. Use a refrain for dramatic effect if you want like the use of "nevermore" in Poe's The Raven. Of course it could be a phrase, not justt a word.




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