Epithalamium Form

Epithalamium Form

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

Definition of Epithalamium Form

The term Epithalamium derives from the Greek word 'epi' meaning 'upon' and 'thalamium' meaning 'nuptial chamber'. An Epithalamium (or Epithalamion) is a wedding poem written in honour of a bride and bridegroom. The best example of Epithalamium in Greek literature is the 18th Idyll of Theocritus, which is a literary work that celebrates the marriage of Menelaus and Helen in Ancient Greece. The famous work "Epithalamium" was written by Edmund Spenser in honor of his marriage in 1594.


Example of Epithalamium Form
There are many examples of different types of poetry. An example of Epithalamium Form can be found in the poetic work of Robert Graves (1895-1985).

Example of Epithalamium Form - Excerpt

A Slice of Wedding Cake
Robert Graves

Why have such scores of lovely, gifted girls
Married impossible men?
Simple self-sacrifice may be ruled out,
And missionary endeavour, nine times out of ten.

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An example of an Epithalamium.


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 Epithalamium Form. 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 Epithalamium Form 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 Epithalamium Form 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 Epithalamium Form. 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. An example of an Epithalamium.

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