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What are the facets of poetry?

Poetry is an inherently multifaceted form, composed of a variety of different aspects which are all worthy of some acknowledgement (literary or otherwise). Ostensibly, we have form (e.g. Elegiac: featuring the tropes of mourning or loss as a cathartic exercise), metre (consisting of both feet (Monometer, duometer, trimeter etc) and rhythm (Iambs, Dactyls, Trochees, Spondees etc) and finally, semantics, which basically entails anything to do with the lexical choices or syntactic arrangement on the page. These make up the base-line of any poem, but beyond them lies the realms of specific aesthetic techniques, such as Enjambment, Caesura and Zeugma: concepts which you should become gradually more familiar with as you access higher tiers of complex poetry, written by authors such as Donne. Any poem will respond to you own 'affective fallacy' of it, but be sure when analysing that you always accumulate some evidence as to why you feel a certain way; remember 'intentionalism' is a separate theory, so a poem doesn't necessarily MEAN anything unless you say so! 

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