Catalog or catalog is a literary device used in poetry and prose to make a list of things and achieve a rhetorical effect. Writers use it to compile a list of multiple thoughts in a consistent form. However, the poets do not add catalogs by chance. and they are well thought out. The list is intentionally included so that the audience can enjoy the conventional style of poetry. The catalog refers to a list to include rhyme or be a free verse poem.
Examples of the catalog from the literature
Example No. 1
Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Fresh Firecoal Chestnut Falls; Finch wings;
Landscape plotted and put together - fold, fallow and plow;
And all trades, their gear and equipment and trim. "
This excerpt is from one of Hopkins' famous poems," Pied Beauty ". The poet praises God for things that are speckled and speckled. The poet comments on the changing nature of the world. As an act of prayer, he thanks God and provides a list of things that God created for humanity. In this stanza he catalogs the diversity of God's creation and symbolically illustrates the existence of all species He talks about the seas, the plants, the animals and the landscape that man has changed in a catalog.
Example # 2
Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti
Morning and in the evening
Maids heard the goblins scream:
"Come on, buy our orchard fruits,
Come buy, come and buy:
Apples and quinces,
Lemons and oranges,
Plump unpeck'd cherries,
Melons and raspberries,
a4 Blackberries , Blackberries,
Apricots, strawberries; —
All ripe together
In summer weather —
Mornings that go by,
Morning evenings that fly by;
Come on, buy:
Our grapes fresh from the vine,
Progranate full and good,
Dates and spicy bulls,
Rare pears and greengages,
Damsons and blueberries,
Taste and try:
Currants and gooseberries,
Currants and gooseberries,
about two sisters, Lizzie and Laura, and how Laura tries, the author catalogs the variety of fruits available on the goblin market and can be interpreted in several ways. However, the use of the cataloging technique has made it a conventional poem.
Example # 3
Song of Myself by Walt Whitman
Houses and rooms are full of perfumes, the shelves are full of perfumes,
I breathe the scent myself and know it and like it,
Distillation would me too intoxicated, but I will not allow it.
The atmosphere is not a perfume, it has no taste of distillation, it is odorless,
It is forever for my mouth, I'm in love with it,
I will go to the bank by the forest and undisguised and get naked,
I'm crazy about t being in contact with me.
This poem is about partying and the poet wants the whole world to be part of that jubilation. He tries to take in the whole world. Therefore he provides the list of all the things that belong to him. In this part he presents the catalog of the things he loves and wants to keep in life. He put a list of things in a chain of connected thoughts to make the meanings clear and give the poem a unique quality.
Example # 4
Catalog by Naomi Replansky
My blurry eyes, my deafened ears -
O sloppy sadism of the years!
Sun-loving and sun-ravaged skin -
One love did you in
My teeth - less said, less missed! - My heart -
My runaway, my treacherous heart -
Heart whose misfires
can defeat The pulse of that iambic beat!
recognize whatever it is hearing from
has made a long list of their body parts one by one, explaining how they relate to their emotions and poetic performance. She has started this list from her eyes and continues to list the teeth and the heart, each with its own characteristics and contribution to her poetic production.
Example # 5
Fear of Raymond Carver
“Fear of seeing a police car pull into the driveway.
Fear of falling asleep at night.
Fear of not falling asleep.
Fear that the past will arise.
Fear that the present will fly.
Fear of the phone ringing at night.
Fear of electric storms.
Fear of the cleaning lady who has a stain on her cheek!
Fear of dogs that I was told not to bite.
Fear of fear!
Fear of having to identify the body of a dead friend.
Fear of running out of money.
Fear of having too much when people don't believe it.
Fear of psychological profiles.
Fear of being late and fear of arriving in front of others .
Fear of my children's handwriting on envelopes.
Fear that they will die before I do and I will feel guilty.
Fear of having to live with my mother her age and mine.
Fear of confusion.
Fear that this day ends with an unfortunate news.
Fear of waking up and finding you gone.
Fear not to love and fear not to love enough.
Fear that what I love will be fatal to those I love.
Fear of death.
Fear to to live long.
Fear of death.
I said that. “
Raymond Carver, famous for writing short stories, has illustrated the example of catalog poetry through this poem. He presents the list of types of fear one at a time until he reaches the end of what he said earlier is one of the best examples of catalog poetry that has presented an exhausted list of rhetorical implications.
Meaning and function of the catalog
The catalog or catalog provides writers with a tool to represent their feelings, emotions and ideas in a logical sequence. Writers use the catalog to put various things together in a series. It gives them the opportunity to gather many things, ideas, etc. and pictures and present them to attention in poem format. Furthermore, the repetition of words reinforces the importance of the ideas discussed.
Popular Literary Devices
- Ad Hominem
- Deus Ex Machina
- Double Entendre
- Flash Forward
- Half Rhyme
- Internal Rhyme
- Line Break
- Non Sequitur
- Pathetic Fallacy
- Poetic Justice
- Point of View
- Red Herring
- Tragic Flaw