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4. Hymn Meter
About this Lecture
In this module, Stephanie talks about hymn metre, a poetic form that is widely used in traditional Protestant hymns such as 'Amazing Grace'. Stephanie discusses Emily Dickinson's 'Because I could not stop for death', and explores how the poem gains meaning by drawing on the traditional hymn form.
In this course, we look at the use of form in poetry. The purpose of this course is to demonstrate the many ways in which the form of a poem can convey meaning. This includes the use forms that are traditionally associated with certain themes - such as the sonnet or the heroic couplet - as well as poetic devices such as rhyme, repetition and anaphora. Poems discussed in detail include: 'Design' (Robert Frost), 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' (Robert Frost), 'Because I could not stop for death' (Emily Dickinson), 'Squash Rackets' (Carmine Starnino), 'One Art' (Elizabeth Bishop), and 'The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart' (Jack Gilbert)
Stephanie Yorke is reading for a DPhil in English Literature at Wolfson College, Oxford. Her first collection of poetry was published by Signature Editions in April 2012. It's called 'Both Boys Climb Trees They Can't Climb Down'.
Cite this Lecture
Yorke, S. (2018, August 15). Poetry: Introduction to Poetic Form - Hymn Meter [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/poetry-introduction-to-poetic-form/hymn-meter
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