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While hearing things again and again may seem both frustrating and/or annoying, repetition in poetry is a powerful and effective rhetorical device.  Many poets understand the effectiveness of repetition and utilize it fully as a meaningful weapon in facing any human condition .  Why emphasize repetition though, you may ask?  How does repetition bring a poem to life or create effect and illuminate meaning?  Whether you’re a budding Keats or a teacher of poetry, we here at Udemy understand the importance and significance of the many rhetorical devices involved in the creation of poetry.  So whether you are trying to read and comprehend some of the best poetry from the Romantic Era, studying contemporary poetry, or simply finding your way as a poet yourself, we can help in fine tuning that poetic inner voice and the use of repetition could truly bring your poetry to life.

Why is Repetition so Effective?

The use of repetition in poetry has been a major rhetorical strategy for ages.  When reading any type of poetry, we often gloss over repeating sounds, syllables, words, phrases, lines, stanzas, or metrical patterns – at times not even realizing repetition has occurred.  If you are interested in understanding poetry a bit more, we offer a modern poetry course which provides a way to immerse yourself in an art form that explores cultures everywhere in the world.  Repetition is a way to produce deeper levels of emphasis, clarity, amplification, and emotional effect.  As a a basic unifying device in all of poetry, the device may reinforce, supplement, or even substitute for meter, the other chief controlling factor in the arrangement of words into poetry.  So now that you are more familiar with the wonderful use of repetition in any type of poetry, we can explore the specific types of repetition to better understand how to teach or incorporate into your own works of art.

The Basics of Repetition

From General to Specific- Going Deeper into Repetition

The Use of Repetition with Words

Ideas can be Repeated too!

Now You are Ready to Write (or Teach)!

While writing poetry is not solely dependent on the art of repetition, the varying forms and uses allow for a blooming of your own poetic creation.  Understanding the various rhetorical devices associated with repetition can make you a better poet and you can become a better writer  in any medium of your choice.  Teaching poetry in any way also becomes significantly easier once you understand one of the art’s most powerful devices: the mastery of repetition.  So what are you waiting for, waiting for, waiting for?  Get to that paper (or computer) and start writing that classic using your new found knowledge in the art of repetition!

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