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Narrative poetry

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    • Narrative poems
    • Narrative verse
    • Narratives in verse
    • Verse narratives
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    • found: Wikipedia, July 11, 2012:Narrative poetry (Narrative poetry is a form of poetry which tells a story, often making use of the voices of a narrator and characters as well; the entire story is usually written in metered verse. The poems that make up this genre may be short or long, and the story it relates to may be complex. It is usually dramatic, with objectives, diverse characters, and meter. Narrative poems include epics, ballads, idylls and lays. Some narrative poetry takes the form of a novel in verse. In terms of narrative poetry, a romance is a narrative poem that tells a story of chivalry. Shorter narrative poems are often similar in style to the short story. Sometimes these short narratives are collected into interrelated groups, as with Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Some literatures contain prose narratives that include poems and poetic interludes; much Old Irish poetry is contained within prose narratives, and the Old Norse sagas include both incidental poetry and the biographies of poets.) Verse novel (Verse narratives are as old as the epic of Gilgamesh, the Iliad, and the Odyssey, but the verse novel is a distinct modern form.)
    • found: Narrative poetry, via Pflugerville ISD website, July 11, 2012(What is narrative poetry? Narrative Poetry is a poem that tells a series of events using poetic devices such as rhythm, rhyme, compact language, and attention to sound. In other words, a narrative poem tells a story, but it does it with poetic flair! Many of the same elements that are found in a short story are also found in a narrative poem. Here are some elements of narrative poetry that are important: character; setting; conflict; plot)
    • found: Understanding narrative poetry, via LessonSnips website, July 11, 2012(Narrative Poems are poems that tell stories. There is a beginning, which introduces the background to the story, a middle, which tells the action of the event, and an end, which concludes and summarizes the story. Narratives are the oldest form of poetry.)
    • found: Conley, W. What is a narrative poem?, via eHow website, July 11, 2012(A narrative poem is one that tells a story. It follows a similar structure as that for a short story or novel. There is a beginning, a middle and an end, as well as the usual literary devices such as character and plot. A narrative poem can take the form of rhyming couplets, or it can go more in the direction of prose poetry, in that the rhyme scheme is flexible. There are many variations on the theme of the narrative poem. ... A narrative poem tells a story in an entertaining way: with rhyme. As narrative poetry has its roots in ancient oral traditions, it is thought that the rhyme schemes were a mnemonic device that allowed performers to carry many stories inside them, before the advent of literacy. ... Narrative poetry can be long or short form. The long forms are often a series of short story-poems meant to be told singly as an evening's entertainment (as in the case of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales or the heroic poems of Homer.) When a narrative poem does not contain a predictable rhyme scheme but does contain the various parts of poetry (alliteration, symbolism, and so forth), then it is a free-form narrative poem, or prose poem.)
    • found: Hutchinson encyclopaedia, via TalkTalk website, July 11, 2012(narrative verse: Literary verse genre, which describes a poetical form that tells a story. The genre includes the verse forms: ballad, epic, lay, and saga. Some of the earliest poems written in English, such as Beowulf (8th century), told stories. In the USA, the neo-narrative movement encouraged the rebirth of the narrative verse form from the late 1980s.)
    • found: Fischer, H. Romantic verse narrative : the history of a genre, 1991.
    • found: Gysling, P. Verse narratives : wavering between poetry and prose, 1991.
    • found: Anderson, R.M. Some functions of medieval rhetoric in Chaucer's verse narratives, 1963.
    • found: Lasek, H.M. Some Victorian verse narratives, 1947.
    • found: Ferris, M.W. The boy on the farm, and other narratives in verse, 1916.
    • found: Mitchell, R.C. Narratives in verse, 1923.
    • found: Makokha, W.w. Nest of stones : Kenyan narratives in verse, c2010.
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