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"Poetry allows poets to give form to experience and feelings which are difficult to put into words".

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"Poetry allows poets to give form to experience and feelings which are difficult to put into words" I agree with this statement. Poetry has a number of advantages to make it a more fulfilling way of expressing one's feelings. Rather than plain words such as that in stories, poets can use poetic techniques such as language, rhythm, rhyme and cadence to convey feelings, which possibly cannot be expressed in words, by their very use in the poem. A poem such as Christina Rossetti's "Remember" is widely acknowledged as proof for such a statement. The most obvious example is the reversal of sentiment from the beginning to the end of the poem. This gives form to transformation of selfish to self-less feelings often expressed by people when they know they are going to either leave a particular place or leave this world all together. First we selfishly wish that everyone remember us, we dislike the idea that the world will carry on without us and the only way we can commemorate ourselves is via the memories of those who have ...read more.

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Even the repetition of the word 'Remember' is successful in emphasizing the true weight of the poem. She also uses enjambment; this is successful in portraying how her feelings may be mixed, but the clear form and structure show a certainty which could almost be interpreted as contentment. Again, all these feelings are shown and conveyed without needing to be spelled out and portrayed more accurately that could be described in a plain description for example. Another poem that proves the title statement is Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach." The first stanza is used to set the scene and portray the mood of the poem. The first two lines describe elements such as the 'sea'(line 1) and the 'tide' (line 2), which we know to be very powerful and thus portray a feeling of intimidation. This is likely to be representing the poets feelings of calm, beauty but still remaining very much in awe of what he is seeing The length of the lines of the poem start shorter then become longer, then become shorter again to symbolize the relentless sounds of the waves going to and fro. ...read more.

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The third stanza shows the true weight of the poem. We see that the poem is actually of a very personal nature and the theme of the sea and the elements is used to portray his feelings of intimidation at the prospect of his love, vulnerability as a result of the uncontrollable nature of love and his fears of impermanence. He uses powerful negatives such as "darkling plain" (line 35) and "swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight" to emphasize his feelings of futility. Again this is in keeping with the idea of the elements as to a large extent we are under their control and there is nothing we can do to protect ourselves. In the same way this also signifies his feelings of uselessness in the hands of his feelings of love as he can do nothing about them and will never be completely in control of his destiny. As I have shown, the majority of the most important themes and feelings of these two poems are most often expressed without words and it is the unspoken meanings which are the most powerful. Charlie Matthews Poetry Anthology 1 of 3 ...read more.

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