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What is lyric poetry?

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Lyric poetry is a formal type of poetry which reveals the poet's personal emotions or feelings, state of mind or perceptions. It is usually written in the first person.


Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Love is Not Love at All" is a good example of lyric poetry:

Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain;
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink
And rise and sink and rise and sink again;
Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath,
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It well may be that in a difficult hour,
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release,
Or nagged by want past resolution's power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It well may be. I do not think I would.

Notice how the highlighted portions indicate the poet's thoughts on love.

Some other examples would include William Wordsworth's "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud", and Shakespearean sonnets.

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"Who" (most likely) or "what"


If you are asking about the people at the party, the correct pronoun is "who", which refers to people.

If you are asking about objects or events, then "what" is the correct pronoun. "What" refers to things or events.


A pod of whales


The most common term for a group of whales is the pod, however other labels used include a gam, a herd and a plump of whales. These terms come mostly from medieval records on hunting lists of animals, some of which have stayed in the english language (a pride of lions, a school of fish), while others have fallen out of common usage (a clowder of cats, a paddling of ducks).

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Whatever your topic is about, make sure you understand the "jargon" associated with it.

For instance, if you're writing an argumentative essay on the Cold War, make sure you incorporate terms in your paper such as "capitalism" and "communism", and "geopolitics".

Furthermore, you can use a thesaurus to look up synonyms for monotonous words, but don't add higher vocabulary just to add it: Make sure it fits the context of what you're talking about.

For instance, sticking with the Cold War example, it would be permissible to say:

"The United States and the Soviet Union were embroiled in conflict for a #color(blue)("very long time")#"

however, saying the conflict was #color(blue)("perpetual")# (meaning never ending), makes it seem like the conflict continues today.

Just be aware of how the higher-level word fits the context.

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Before we attempt to answer this question, let's try to understand what commas and semicolons are used for.

Commas: These are used for separating independent clauses, or parts of a sentence that can stand as their own sentence.

Semicolons: In general, semicolons are used to separate thoughts.

Now, let's think, where could our sentence use a comma? A better question is, where do I have an independent clause?

"I wanted to sleep early last night" is an independent clause. It can stand on its own, so we can put a comma before "but".

Putting a comma before "but" is permissible, however this has been a debatable issue. This is often called the Oxford Comma.

Now let's think about semicolons. If we take a look at the sentence after our comma

"but I just could not put down that book the final chapter is so exciting"

This appears to be a run-on sentence. If we placed a comma after book, that would sound weird, namely because the clause

"but I just could not put down that book"

isn't necessarily an independent clause (usually, sentences don't start with "but").

A semicolon should go after "book", because it is separating two thoughts:

1. They couldn't put down the book
2. The final chapter is so exciting

Thus, our final sentence should be

I wanted to sleep early last night, but I just could not put down that book; the final chapter is so exciting.


A mistake is a noun
mistaken is an adverb usually modifying a state of being verb.


He made a mistake
In this sentence mistake is a noun the object of the action

He was mistaken in his actions.

In this sentence was mistaken is the complete predicate or verb.
Was is the main verb that expresses a state of being
mistaken is the adverb that modified and defines the state of being.
The state of being is that he made a mistake.

While mistake and mistaken are two different parts of speech they can be used to express the same or close to the same thought.

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