Punctuation and Effects Notes (Effect in Poetry)

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Last updated: December 2, 2019

Period
Ends a thought/ideaforces you to stop and thinkshows importance or finality

Comma
pause in a thoughtadds rhythmmakes the reader stop and think of the story

Semi-colon
it can connect 2 independent clauses in a stanzapartially ends a thought but should be connected to other independent clausesshows that it is somewhat importantmakes the reader think but without a big break

Colon
pause to think formalityemotion w/o ending a thoughtseparates unrelated words while conjoining them

Question mark
to question lifeto think about what the poet is asking/thinkingto show uncertaintya rhetorical question

Exclamation point
Shows excitement, anger, fear

Dash
emphasis of the last thoughtpowerful fusioncloser relationships

Ellipsis
Build suspenseopen to interpretationvoid lack of emotion

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