This poem explores themes of self-worth, beauty, ugliness, and confidence.
Reverse poetry is a poem that can be read forwards (top to bottom) and have one meaning, but can also be read backwards (bottom to top) and have a different or opposite meaning. The structure of reverse poems is usually
A poem by abdullah shoaib
There are 2 ways to read
Pretty or Ugly...
I’m very ugly
Summary of the Poem
Structure of the Poem
Alliteration occurs when words are used in succession, or at least appear close together, and begin with the same sound. For example, “believe” and “Beauty” in lines fourteen and fifteen and “myself” and “mirror” in lines six and seven.
Enjambment occurs when a line is cut off before its natural stopping point. Enjambment forces a reader down to the next line, and the next, quickly. On has to move forward in order to comfortably resolve a phrase or sentence. This technique is used throughout ‘Pretty Ugly’ and is one of the techniques that allows the poem to be read from bottom to top. Examples can be seen in the transition between lines two and three and six and seven if reading from top to bottom. If a reader approaches this piece from bottom to top examples can be found in the transition between lines sixteen and fifteen and eleven and ten.
Anaphora is the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of multiple lines, usually in succession. This technique is often used to create emphasis. A list of phrases, items, or actions may be created through its implementation. In the case of ‘Pretty Ugly,’ the word “I” starts several lines. This helps keep the poem on-topic but is not so exclusionary that a reader will be unable to relate.
In the first lines of ‘Pretty Ugly’ the speaker makes a sudden and direct statement about themselves. They say that they are “very ugly” and that there is nothing that anyone can do to convince them that this is not the case. They continue to say that they hate themselves “in every single way” by the end of the day. There is an example of alliteration in these lines, no matter which way you read them,
In the next lines, the speaker says that they aren’t going to lie to themselves by spending time thinking about the “beauty inside” as all that matters. This speaker, when reading from top to bottom, cares a great deal about other people’s opinions of their beauty. That is what really matters to them. There is a good example of enjambment in the transition
In the final lines of ‘Pretty Ugly,’ the speaker confesses their belief that they aren’t “good enough to be loved”. There is no hope for them. They’re always going to look in the mirror and think “Am I as ugly as people say?”
This is terribly sad and impactful conclusion to the poem and the perfect time to flip the script and read it
You deserve love and happiness. Let no one tell you otherwise… especially yourself.
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