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What kind of poem is "To the Evening Star" by William Blake?

Asked by littlekori (676points) February 22nd, 2011

What kind of poem is it and what meter does it employ? What kind of rhyming pattern does it have etc.

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gailcalled's avatar

Why do you ask? Is this an English assignment?

Start with the end-rhyme pattern. That is simple.

Roses are red (a)
Violets are blue (b)
Sugar is sweet (c)
And so are you. (b)

Poetic meter.

“I think that I shall never see
A poem as lovely as a tree.”

This ^^ is iambic tetrameter.

littlekori's avatar

It’s part of an assignment.
I’m really bad at poems and what not and I just don’t know what kind it is.

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gailcalled's avatar

A good place to start is with the story itself. What is the tale that Blake is telling? Try to reword the poem into a series of simple sentences.

And surely your English teacher has taken you through the process of how to identify form, meter and rhyming pattern.

Granted, it is a complicated and complex poem (count the number of lines, also).
But you have a huge number of easily accessible tools at hand. You don’t have to leave home and go to a real library to check things out. The research is at your fingertips.

littlekori's avatar

Well I think I understand what he is talking about in the poem. He is talking about the way the stars make things look at night.

And I do online school, so I haven’t been taught how to do that.

gailcalled's avatar

How do you learn or how are you taught in an online course? If you are asked to analyse a short poem, the instructor surely would have discussed the techniques with his students before giving out the assignment.

If not, do some research. Google “Blake’s poetry” or “poetic form and meter” or “how to analyse a sonnet”, or “what is a sonnet.”

Try to retell the story line by line. In the first line, for example, do you know what “the evening star” means?

littlekori's avatar

wel theres like little lessons and what not, but nothing ever says anything about form and meter.

And no not really, I am terrible with poetry and dont understand it.

gailcalled's avatar

I’ve given you a number of jumping-off sports. If you are terrible at something and don’t understand it, it usually means you haven’t made an effort to learn a little something.

You have the world’s library on your computer. Use it.

littlekori's avatar

Well there are also times when someone just doesn’t get something, it doesn’t mean that they are not trying.

You really don’t need to be rude.

gailcalled's avatar

Reread what I have written. It took some thought and some effort; I gave you lots of hints, lots of tips and some real information. Try saying “Thank-you.”

littlekori's avatar

I read what you have written. And I do appreciate it.

But it didn’t really help me, yes thank you.

But seriously, there is no reason to be rude.

gailcalled's avatar

That is not rudeness but exasperation. Use this energy to learn more about the poem. Scolding me may be briefly satisfying but not helpful in the long run.

If this assignment is truly impossible and you have no way of talking with a professor, why not drop the course and take something that you feel more comfortable with?

Signing off now, permanently.

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