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Short Story and Poem: A Comparison of Literary Forms

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The Short Story and Poem: A Comparison of Literary Forms
Reflecting on this week's literary readings, as well as your own reading experiences, identify at least one major similarity and one major difference between the forms of the short story and the poem. How do the differences between these literary forms affect how you read and respond to them?

In your response, include an example of at least one poem from this week's readings. Describe the connections between (a) the poem's form and/or use of literary devices and your experience of the poem and (b) your reading experience (see key literary terms listed in our textbook - e.g., alliteration, rhyme, iambic pentameter, etc.). If you wish, you may also compare your experience of the poem to your experience reading a short story that shares with the poem a similar theme.

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One major similarity between the short story and the poem is that both tell a story, and one major difference between the short story and the poem is that in telling their stories they do so with completely different forms. The short story presents a clear plot line. It begins with an exposition in which the author introduces the characters, setting, and situation. Then something happens in the complications that presents the characters with conflict. This conflict builds to a point of suspense or climax, and the complications are resolved in the resolution or denouement. (This is not to say that all endings are happy but ...

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