How does punctuation affect a poem?
Dec 1, 2016
It affects the tone and rhythm.
Punctuation varies in effects, but here are some examples:
- period signifies abrupt end or dropping off; starting anew
- comma indicates there is more to come soon after, related to whatever came before the comma
- semicolon halfway between a period and a comma, often used to cut down on run-on sentences or insert a slightly larger pause (than commas)
- exclamation mark indicates surprise, urgency, suddenness; used to draw attention
- question mark also can represent surprise, but is usually used for curiosity and sometimes demands