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Understanding Poetry: Palindrome

Types of Poetry: Palindrome.

This specific type of poetry is not for mere amateurs. I say this with the most respect, because the palindrome is perhaps one of the many types of poetry that is challenging to write and to make complete sense while still respecting the subject matter at hand. The palindrome derives from the Greek word palindromos: "palin"meaning again, and "dromos"meaning a running. Combining "palin" and "dromos" we have the collective term of running back again. This gives us a mirrored image which the palindromeis: a poem that is read forward is read the exact same way backwards. With in the palindrome, there is a short break in its center that denotes a specific "turning" as a reversal point which the mirrored image reflects.

It's also important to note that the palindrome poem can be achieved by word (letter by letter) or by sentences in the poem.

Whatever is read forwards is the exact mirrored image of what is read backwards.

Example of a palindrome word
Kayak

See? Spell it k-a-y-a-k and read it backwards k-a-y-a-k and its the same thing.

Now, how about an example of a palindrome sentence?
Madam, I'm Adam.

Same thing here: m-a-d-a-m-i-m-a-d-a-m

Poetry Style: Palindrome

Life-
imitates nature
,always moving, traveling continuously.
Falling leaves placed delicately;
foliage touching the echoing waters,
clarity removed-
Reflections distorted through waves rippling;
gracefully dancing
mirrored images
- reflect -
images mirrored.
Dancing gracefully,
rippling waves through distorted reflections -
removed clarity.
Waters echoing the touching foliage;
delicately placed leaves falling -
continuously traveling, moving always,
nature imitates
life.

~Lynne C. Eadden





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