Some of the most common patterns include the following: Meter (from the Greek metron, meaning measure) refers principally to the recurrence of regular beats in a poetic line.In this way, meter pertains to the structure of the poem as it is written.The student’s explication continues with a topic sentence that directs the discussion of the first five lines: However, the poem begins with several oddities that suggest the speaker is saying more than what he seems to say initially.
In this example, Milton forges such a tension to present immediately the essential conflicts that lead to the fall of Adam and Eve.
The explication should follow the same format as the preparation: begin with the large issues and basic design of the poem and work through each line to the more specific details and patterns.
Note that monosyllabic words allow the meaning of the line to vary according to which words we choose to stress when reading (i.e., the choice of rhythm we make).
The first line of Milton’s Paradise Lost presents a different type of problem.
A poetry explication is a relatively short analysis which describes the possible meanings and relationships of the words, images, and other small units that make up a poem.
Writing an explication is an effective way for a reader to connect a poem’s plot and conflicts with its structural features.
The speaker notes that the city is silent, and he points to several specific objects, naming them only in general terms: “Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples” (6).
After describing the “glittering” aspect of these objects, he asserts that these city places are just as beautiful in the morning as country places like “valley, rock, or hill” (8,10).
Again, this line is predominantly iambic, but a problem occurs with the word “Disobedience.” If we read strictly by the meter, then we must fuse the last two syllables of the word.
However, if we read the word normally, we have a breakage in the line’s metrical structure.