Bridging the Gap Essay

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Bridging the Gap Poetry writers of the 18th century are not always recognized for possessing their own theme or style of writing. The 17th century poets focus on religious themes and poetry immediately following the 18th century is part of a romanticism expressed by poets. The 18th century poets receive credit for writing in a transitional era, but there are significant recognizable contributions from the 18th century. Analysis of 18th century poetry focuses on furthering of established poetic devices and themes but also shows poets themselves analyzing poetic devices and themes from preceding eras. Poets during the 18th century solidify poetic structures and writing styles. Poets write in accentual-syllabic verse which “measures both accented and unaccented syllables” (McMahon & Curdy., 2006, p. 2). The practice of classifying poetic structure allows readers to read poems with some familiarity and focus on the theme of the poem. Poets of the 18th century are not held to these themes. The 18th century also sees a substantial amount of free verse poetry. They do write a good amount in standard structures such as the iambic tetrameter used to write “The Lady’s Dressing Room” by Jonathan Swift or the response to this poem written in iambic pentameter “The Reasons That Induced Dr. S To Write a Poem Called The Lady’s Dressing Room” by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. The structure or lack of structure is just one part of analyzing 18th century poetry. The 18th century also builds on dialogue poems made popular in the 17th century. Elizabeth Hands discusses the division between societal classes in the world of poetry with a tea party dialogue in “A Poem, On the Supposition of an Advertisement Appearing in a Morning Paper, of the Publication of a Volume of Poems, by a Servant-maid.” The dialogue poem is a poetry form people can relate to and become more

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