Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time… Once upon a time, when writing was yet to be invented to pass information through generations, those who witnessed stories worth telling, started passing information verbally, which we recognize today as folktales. Even though this article is not about folktales, they play a fundamental role in paving the path to understand …

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The Truth Behind Fairy Tales – Little Red Riding Hood

General Introduction Fairy tales as we know them are derivation of folk tales that are transmuted through generations. The origins of some folktales date back to the prehistoric beginning of man. They are originally not meant to be bedtime stories for children, but to be tales that entertained adults once the children are tucked in …

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All about Elegy

As I mentioned in the introduction, the contemporary elegy lacks meter, structure, and any form of rhyming scheme. However it is completely up to the poet to follow the modern trend or not. Rhetorics are not the determinative factor which defines whether the poem has elegiac features. Now lets have a look at some famous elegies to understand its structure.

Sonnets and their structures

Sonnets​ Copyright © 2020 ELSL. All rights reservedDuplication, distribution and/or adaption of any part of the work without the written permission of ELSL is a punishable offence under the Intellectual Property Act, No. 36 of 2003. (Sri Lanka) Sonnets originated at the Court of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II in Palermo, Sicily. The 13th-century poet and notary Giacomo da Lentini is credited with the …

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Syllables and Meter in Poetry

Meter in poetry is measured by the ratio of stressed and unstressed syllables. It is the rhythmic structure of a line of a poem. Even though the meter is available in all kinds of writings, poetry in specific uses meter consciously to maintain the clarity of the ideas, to maintain the rhythm as well as to emphasize key concepts of poets.