Waxing Poetic YKTTW Discussion

Waxing Poetic
When a series uses well-known (or not so well-known) poems as foreshadowing or as a plot mechanism. They could also be used as general dialogue.
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Poetry was once a much beloved, highly acclaimed, and popular art form. Compressing thoughts and feelings into a limited amount of space through figurative language was considered the mark of some geniuses. However, as readers became less patient in attempting to analyze their words, poetry steadily left popular culture. So no one really reads it anymo--

Was that Shakespeare?!

Poetry can have a lot of meaning in a short space. Prose writers are usually well-aware of the poetry of the past, so it is not too much of a stretch that they may occasionally incorporate it into their writing. It can be broken down into two main types:

Type I: The author intentionally uses a specific poem as a plot point.

Type II: Poetry is quoted by characters in a series.


  • ARAGO: Oz and Seth quote William Blake's "Proverbs of Hell" in chapter 68.

  • Howl's Moving Castle: The curse which the Witch of the Waste places on Howl is one of John Donne's Songs.
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