Author: Kristina Adams

How the Media Uses Language to Manipulate You

I grew up in a town where English was a subject that was looked down on. How could you possibly need to study English any more when you already know how to read and write? What’s the point in studying plays and poetry and language acquisition? The point is because the more you know about language, the more immune you become to its effects.

Language is an incredible tool and like any great power, can be used for good and evil. What’s important is how you use it. How you say something is often more important than what you actually mean.

Take the following clip from Russell Howard’s Good News. It shows the difference between Ebola coverage in the US and the UK.

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Every Poetic Form You’ll Ever Need

There are so many different forms of poetry that it’s hard to keep up. This is by no means a complete list — there are always going to be some that get missed — but I have tried to include as many as I could, and will update it as necessary.

This isn’t an in-depth list. You can click on the links under each for more detailed explanations and examples. I find the best way to learn about a new form is to read as much about it as possible, then attempt to write one as close to the rules as possible. What works for you may be different.

Lowercase letters represent repeated lines.

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