Definition of Context:
The conditions that surround a word or passage and can throw light on its meaning.

Example of Context #1:


Little Lamb, I'll tell thee;
Little Lamb, I'll tell thee:
He is called by thy name,
For He calls Himself a Lamb
He is meek, and He is mild,
He became a little child.
I a child, and thou a lamb,
We are called by His name.
Little Lamb, God bless thee!
Little Lamb, God bless thee!

Example of Context #2:

Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
belonging to a man.  O! be some other name:
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.

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Context poetry:
  • Definition of context
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  • Explanation of how context is used

Why are poetry examples important?

Studying examples of poems using various poetic devices helps such as context create an understanding of how those poetry terms work within different types of poetry.  For instance examples of poems using onomatopoeia can illustrate how sounds can be represented in poems.  Likewise, examples of poems using alliteration can shed light on how alliteration affects the rhythm of a poem.  Many poems can be an example of context, but sometimes good examples are hard to find.  You'll find relevant, concise poetry examples here. 

Can Poems be examples of more than one poetry term?

Absolutely.  Examples of poems using hyperbole are also examples of figurative language, since hyperbole is considered a type of figurative language.  That's just one example.  Poems usually contain multiple poetic terms and devices like context.  The poetry examples contained in this site often link to other poetry devices of which that poem serves as an example.  However, we provide unique examples for each poetry term wherever possible.

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See also:    Connotation    Denotation