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Egg yolks, butter, and acid (like lemon juice or vinegar) are the foundation of French mother sauce hollandaise, which in turn serves as the base for endless variations. Béarnai...

Apr 24, 2019

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Sometimes called initial rhyme or head rhyme, alliteration is one poetic device that’s unmissable in our everyday world. Poets, advertisers and headline writers all regularly ta...

Apr 24, 2019

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In poetry, rhyme isn’t the only way to introduce memorability and musicality. Consonance presents poets with the possibility of playing around with the repetition of consonant s...

Apr 24, 2019

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From William Wordsworth to Kendrick Lamar, generations of poets have used assonance as a looser alternative to strict rhymes. Assonance, the repetition of vowel sounds, is disti...

Apr 23, 2019

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Lyric poetry is a category of poetry, encompassing many different subgenres, styles, cultures, and eras of time. The defining traits of a lyric poem are a songlike quality and a...

Apr 23, 2019

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The sonnet is a type of poem that has been a part of the literary repertoire since the thirteenth century. Sonnets can communicate a sundry of details contained within a single ...

Apr 23, 2019

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Poetry treats language as an art form. Rhyming poetry takes this to the next level, as one word selected to end a particular line may affect a word selection on a subsequent lin...

Apr 23, 2019

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Despite their similar names, free verse poems and blank verse poems are very different. Free verse poetry has been popular from the nineteenth century onward and is not bound by...

Apr 23, 2019

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Did William Shakespeare invent the sonnet? He did not, but he is undoubtedly the most famous practitioner of the poetic form. Sonnets trace back to the Italian Renaissance, appr...

Apr 23, 2019

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