Poetry Glossary: Application of Punctuation Within Writing

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.” -Abraham Lincoln

Throughout the years, many different types of poetry have been created and many still are emerging, therefore meaning there are many different applications of punctuation within poetry; although poetic devices and structure may be vital, grammar may define the poignancy and intricacy of poetry too. Within this blog post, I will explore and identify a number of the effects, punctuation may have on a poem:

Caesura – Often used to create rhythm within poetry, caesura is the use of punctuation, not at the end of a line of writing.

‘Beowulf’ – Unknown

LO, praise of the prowess of people-kings

of spear-armed Danes, in days long sped,

we have heard, and what honor the athelings won!

End-Stopped Line – An end-stopped line within poetry, is a line which ends with a full stop. As a result of a writer’s use of a full stop, a pause for effect may occur, or the end of a poetic line may be signified.

Enjambment – The act of carrying on a sentence, after the termination of a line of poetry; enjambment, is used to make the work flow, therefore suspending the engagement of the reader.


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