Q:

What is a metrical romance poem?

A:

Quick Answer

A metrical romance poem is a type of prose poem that was especially popular during the Renaissance. These poems do not rhyme and deal with themes such as love, rites of passage, chivalry, adventure and interpersonal relationships. Knights, fair maidens and epic journeys appear frequently in metrical romance poems.

Know More
What is a metrical romance poem?
Credit: Christine Balderas Photodisc Getty Images

Full Answer

Metrical romance poems were the dominant poetic form among royalty, nobility and wealthy landowners during the Renaissance. These poems tell tales and almost always have a happy ending. Despite their name, metrical romance poems do not always include a love story. The defining feature of a metrical romance poem is the hero character, a courageous man with excellent moral character. Most heroes are knights. Prose poems that lack a hero but have the other characteristics of a metrical romance are called metrical tales. The most famous example of a metrical tale is "The Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer. Spenser's "Fairie Queen," however, has a hero and is therefore a metrical romance.

Metrical romance poems composed during the high Renaissance have since been translated into many languages. The oldest surviving examples were originally written in Old French and German. By the end of the Renaissance they had been translated into colloquial English.

Learn more in Poetry

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What is the "Don't Quit" poem?

    A:

    "Don't Quit" is an inspirational poem about the value of pressing on in the face of adversity. Its author is unknown, although there are many theories as to who wrote it.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the "if you sprinkle when you tinkle" poem?

    A:

    The “if you sprinkle when you tinkle” poem is designed to remind people to wipe the seat clean of urine that splashes about when using the toilet. The poem has different variations that end with “… be a sweetie and wipe the seat(ie)” or “… please be neat and wipe the seat.” Although the poem is well-known, according to Giggle Poetry, the origin of the poem is not known.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is an idiom poem?

    A:

    "Idiom poem" is not a formal literary term or category. It is thus up to personal interpretation, but it could either be any poem that makes use of idioms as its central focus or any poem written in a non-standard dialect of a language.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who wrote the poem "Jabberwocky"?

    A:

    The poem "Jabberwocky" was written by Lewis Carroll for use in his 1871 novel "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There." In the poem, Carroll uses nonsensical words that he created by combining words.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore