Allegory


Allegory

Definition of Allegory
How do you define Allegory? What is the definition of Allegory?
The definition of Allegory is as follows:

Definition of Allegory

An Allegory is a narrative having a second meaning beneath the surface one - a story with two meanings, a literal meaning and a symbolic meaning. Examples of allegories are the Fairie Queen by Edmund Spenser, Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan and  Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

Example of Allegory
There are many examples of different types of poetry. An example of an Allegory can be found in the poetic work of Edmund Spenser .

Example of Allegory

The Faerie Queene
by
Edmund Spenser

Lo I the man, whose Muse whilome did maske,
As time her taught, in lowly Shepheards weeds,
Am now enforst a far vnfitter taske,
For trumpets sterne to chaunge mine Oaten reeds,
And sing of Knights and Ladies gentle deeds;
Whose prayses hauing slept in silence long,
Me, all too meane, the sacred Muse areeds
To blazon broad emongst her learned throng:
Fierce warres and faithfull loues shall moralize my song.

Excerpt from Book 1

Example of Allegory

 

Forms of Poetry and Literary Terms
How do you define a couplet or a Falling Meter? And what exactly is an Iambic pentameter? We have provided a definition of poetry and literary terms together with the meaning and examples, such as the above definition of Allegory. A helpful educational resource for those taking an English test or a University student studying English and American Literature. Each definition, such as the above definition and example of Allegory will provide a glossary of literary terms or a dictionary with the meaning, samples, examples and the rules of specialising in each different type of poem and poetry.

Definition of Poetry
Poetry is piece of literature written by a poet in meter or verse expressing various emotions which are expressed by the use of variety of techniques including metaphors, similes and onomatopoeia. The emphasis on the aesthetics of language and the use of techniques such as repetition, meter and rhyme are what are commonly used to distinguish poetry from prose. Poems often make heavy use of imagery and word association to quickly convey emotions. An example of Allegory is detailed above.

Structure of Poetry
The structure used in poems varies with different types of poetry and can be seen in the above example of Allegory. The structural elements include the line, couplet, strophe and stanza. Poets combine the use of language and a specific structure to create imaginative and expressive work. The structure used in some Poetry types are also used when considering the visual effect of a finished poem. The structure of many types of poetry  result in groups of lines on the page which enhance the poem's composition.

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