Achinstein, Sharon, and Thomas Corns. "Samson Agonistes" in A Companion to Milton. N.p.: Oxford: Blackwell, 2003. Print.
The poetic form of the poem “Samson Agonistes” is free verse (unrhymed iambic pentameter). Milton used it very influential, and this style became popular with the name “Miltonic Verse.” Samuel Johnson did not accept this form of poetry writing and mocked Milton. However, he finds that the Miltonic verse was very influential.
Milton’s “Samson Agonistes” is the best example for the blank verse poetic style. In this article, the author finds a way how Milton uses the free verse in an influential way. The important feature of Milton’s blank verse in “Samson Agonistes” is that it has an extra unstressed syllable at the end of the line. Committedcam. ""If I Could Tell You" Analysis - Auden & Time."
Committedchameleon. N.p., 7 Oct. 2013. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. <http://committedchameleon.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/if-i-could-tell-you-analysis-auden-time/>.
The form of this poem is Villanelle. It consists of nineteen lines, which separated into five stanzas of three lines and one of four. The first and third lines of the first stanza will be repeated at the end of the other stanzas. The second line of every stanza rhymes with the others, and the poem ends with a rhyming couplet – another repetition of lines one and three.
This strict structure may represent W. H. Auden’s intention to have the same level of control over his life, which (as we shall see) is far less ordered. Auden’s “If I could Tell You” is the greatest poem. The villanelle is featured mysteriously and beautifully. Time is examined with real complexity here. This poem and Auden are perfect to reflect the poetic form villanelle.
Gaby. “Sestina: A Miracle for Breakfast by Elizabeth Bishop.” Gaby’s Poetry Blog, 2009. Web. 9 Apr 2014. < http://fiorenzaapenglish.blogspot.in/2009/03/sestina-miracle-for-breakfast-by.html>.
Sestina is rather a difficult form of poetry, comprising seven stanzas with 39 lines. The first six stanzas come with six lines, and the seventh stanza has three lines. The repetition of words brings a rhythm to the sestina, which sounds like a rhyme scheme. In the end, the poet has shifted describing from their point of view on creating an exaggerated scene of their breakfast within their imagination.
As Gaby rightly said, “A Miracle by Breakfast” is the best example of the poetic form, sestina. The sestina is often cited as the gold standard of the poetic difficulty, when it requires a different way of thinking about the structure of the poem. In this poem, the poet uses the end words as means to advance the narrative.
Stern, Fred. "Robert Frost: Acquainted with the Night." The World and I. 1 Mar. 2013: Print.
The poem has followed the iambic pentameter, with 14 lines as a sonnet. Robert Frost’s “Acquainted with the Night” first appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review and was published in 1928. The poem is most often read as the poet’s acceptance of the depressed state of mind and a clear description of his experience and feelings.
As it evident, the poem is following the strict rules of a sonnet. While reading this poem, “the night” is the depression itself, and the poet presents how he sees the world around him in his mind set. Even the city life makes him feel lonely and isolated.
White, Hale. “The Genius of Walt Whitman.” The Secular Review. N.p., 20 Mar. 1880. Web. 9 Apr. 2014.
The poem “After the Sea-Ship” represents free verse very well. There is no rhythm in the poetic lines. It sounds like narration rather than a poem. The author feels Whitman used free verse to make readers focus on the descriptiveness of the poem rather than word patterns and rhyming.
Walt Whitman is noted for his free verse. Almost all of his poems were written following free verse. “After the Sea-Ship” is an expression on natural phenomenon, well described, set in the frame. I believe Whitman used free verse so the reader would just focus on the main description of the poem rather than on poetic form.
Woods, Susanne. "The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets." The Nation 29 Dec. 1997: Print.
Usually, sonnets are constructed from three to four line stanzas, which is called as quatrains and a final couplet written in the iambic pentameter. Shakespeare used this particular meter in his plays extensively. It is a collection of 154 sonnets about love, mortality, passage of time, and beauty.
“Shakespeare’s Sonnets” is the only poetic peace written by Shakespeare. He proves his poetic skills through sonnets that speak his excellence over poetry and poetic form. Shakespeare uses Petrarchan sonnets to make more complex presentation of human love.