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Comparing and Contrasting: Iambic Tetrameter and Acrostic Poetry

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            There are over 50 types of poetry that exists. Some may include sonnets, haikus and raps; but in this essay it will be comparing and contrasting the differences and similarities of the structure, language and rhythm of an Acrostic poem and an Iambic Tetrameter. They will be compared and contrasted using the examples of each type of poetry; For an Acrostic poem, “A Boat, Beneath the Sunny Sky” by Lewis Carroll and for an Iambic Tetrameter, “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss.

             Firstly, one of the types of poetry that will be compared and contrast in this essay is an Acrostic Poem. An acrostic poem has structures that have series of lines and the initials of those lines make up a word, name or even a message. The rhythm of the poem can be up to the author. The languages used in this poem are usually metaphors or description of the name or word that is used in the acrostic poem. One of the famous acrostic poem is called “A Boat, Beneath the Sunny Sky” by Lewis Carroll. Lewis Carroll is an author of the book called “Alice in the Wonderland”. He makes a poem out of Alice’s full name which is called Alice Pleasance Liddell.

             The second type of poetry that will be compared and contrasted in this essay is called an Iambic Tetrameter. The structure of the Iambic Tetrameter can be depended on the author. The Iambic Tetrameter has a specific rhythm in the poem and focuses mainly on the rhythm. Other than that languages are mostly metaphorical and sometimes use imagery but it does not really matter because for the Iambic Tetrameter it mainly focuses only on the rhythm of the poem. “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss is a classic example of an Iambic Tetrameter because it has the specific beat used in an Iambic Tetrameter.

             The structures of the Acrostic and Iambic Tetrameter can be similar in some ways. Especially when using the two examples of each poetries it is more similar since there is even though there are specific structures more can be added onto it. The structures that are similar is when both the poems “A Boat, Beneath the Sunny Sky” and “Green Eggs and Ham” use rhyming and the ends of each words. One of the lines that rhyme from “A Boat, Beneath the Sunny Sky” is “Children there that nestle near, Eager eye and willing ear, Pleased a simple tale to hear.” As seen, the words at the end of each line rhyme. This is similar to the structure that Dr. Seuss used since in his poem “Green Eggs and Ham”, he used rhyming in the end of his lines such as “Would you like them in a house? Would you like them with a mouse?

             At the same time, some of the structures of the Acrostic and Iambic Tetrameter can be contrasted. Some of the ways that they are different is for example, in an Acrostic poem, each starting letters when added up will mean something just like the poem “A Boat, Beneath the Sunny Sky”. When all the letters were added up it made “Alice Pleasance Liddell” which is what the poem is about and the full name of Alice, who was from Alice in Wonderland. As for Iambic Tetrameter, there is no minimum or maximum length of how long the poem has to be unlike the Acrostic poem which has to be the length of whatever many words the initials have.

             The metaphoric language of the two types of poetries can be similar. Both of them have a similar way of showing that there is a meaning behind the whole poem rather than interpreting the poem per verse or line. For an Acrostic poem, the poem is usually based on the initials of each line. For an Iambic Tetrameter, it doesn’t matter; But when comparing the two examples of each poetries, “Green Eggs and Ham” has a meaning behind the whole poem making it similar to an Acrostic poem.

             The rhythm of each poetry can be differentiated in a major way. This is because for an Iambic Tetrameter it stresses on the rhythm of da DUM da DUM da DUM. This means in each line there is a stress, unstress and it has to be read in that way. For example in “Green Eggs and Ham”, the sentence of I am Sam is stress, unstress and stress. Whereas in contrast, the Acrostic poem has no specific rhythm differentiating the two types of poetry.

             An Acrostic poem and an Iambic Tetrameter can be similar and different in ways of structure, language, and rhythm. Even though both can be similar at times Iambic Tetrameter sounds more interesting and fun because of the kind of rhythm it has which is the stress and unstress. This feels like in flavors the poem to be more happy at times and emotional.

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