GLOSSARY OF POETIC TERMS
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- A short poem marked by catchy repetition.
(Compare Nursery Rhyme)
- JONGLEUR (zhawn-GLOOR)
- A public entertainer in the Middle Ages who recited or sang
chansons de geste, fabliaux,
and other poems, sometimes of their own composition, but more often those written by the
Sidelight: Prior to the
10th century, the term jongleur was applied to actors, acrobats, jugglers, and
entertainers in general.
(See also Gleeman, Improvisatore,
If I can read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me,
I know that it is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off,
I know that it is poetry.
I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and
poetry, that is, prose,--words in their best order, poetry,--the best words in their best order.
---Samuel Taylor Coleridge