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Ballads have a long history in music, poetry, and literature. While the meaning of ballads and their form has continuously shifted over time, we ultimately associate all ballads...

Apr 22, 2019

ballad definition on paper

Poetry is a structured literary form, with patterns and rhythms that dictate the flow of verses. Lineation in poetry is how lines are divided and where they end in relation to a...

Apr 17, 2019

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In poetry, a stanza is used to describe the main building block of a poem. It is a unit of poetry composed of lines that relate to a similar thought or topic—like a paragraph in...

Apr 17, 2019

a book of poems

If you’ve ever read Shakespeare or Dr. Seuss, you are familiar with the couplet. A couplet is two lines of verse that follow one another and are connected by rhythm and rhyme. T...

Apr 17, 2019

a typewriter and handwritten poetry

Ever found yourself staring at a blank page for long periods of time, trying to write but being unable to find the right words? You’re not alone. This is writer’s block, and all...

Apr 15, 2019

broken pencil fragments

Verisimilitude (pronounced ve-ri-si-mi-li-tude) is a theoretical concept that determines the level of truth in an assertion or hypothesis. It is also one of the most essential l...

Mar 28, 2019

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Humor brings people together and has the power to transform how we think about the world. Of course, not everyone is adept at being funny—particularly in writing. Making people ...

Mar 25, 2019

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From journalism to literary fiction to canceled seasons of television shows, contemporary comic books can spotlight any subject. They are bold and dark, funny and poignant, and ...

Mar 15, 2019

Neil Gaiman at desk with writing supplies

No matter what type of story you’re telling, suspense is a valuable tool for keeping a reader’s attention and interest. Building suspense involves withholding information and ra...

Mar 15, 2019

writing in the dark