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I need to know what format is being used in this poem:

Canadian Angels

Angels of the House, Angels of Mercy-
yes, they've called women that.
But these are Angels of Ice,Hard-muscled, sharp, dangerous as winter's cold. How else do you explain their speed, the light streaming from their helmets, the slick of water under their burning blades that cut across the blue lines like scissors slicing though the cotton for a quilt?

Lace to these gals is lacing up. Cinnamon and allspice is slapshot, snapshot, backhand, wrist- that's the recipe they're passing on from mothers to daughters, to women like me whose brothers in our races at outdoor rinks skated backwards and beat us every time.

Break away, break away, swift angels carrying the puck, invisible wings beating, your goalie a blaze of glory in the crease. All across the North we'll roar and cheer. You'll fly us far above the boards, above the rooftop of the rink tonight, fly us into the skate-blade brightness of the winter stars.

THANK YOU :)

  • poetry -

    Correct arrangement on the page is necessary in order to SEE and understand a poem. It should look like this, right?

    CANADIAN ANGELS
    by Lorna Crozier

    (written for our women's hockey team at the Olympics for the final against the Americans, February 21, 2002)

    Angels of the House, Angels of Mercy-
    yes, they've called women that.
    But these are Angels of Ice.
    Hard-muscled, sharp, dangerous as winter's cold.

    How else do you explain their speed,
    the light streaming from their helmets,
    the slivers of water under their burning blades that cut across the blue lines
    like scissors slicing through the cotton for a quilt?

    Lace to these gals is lacing up.
    Cinnamon and allspice is slapshot, snapshot, backhand, wrist-
    that's the recipe they're passing on from mothers to daughters, to women like me whose brothers in our races at outdoor rinks, skated backwards and beat us every time.

    Break away, break away, swift angels carrying the puck,
    invisible wings beating, your goalie a blaze of glory in the crease.
    All across the North we'll roar and cheer.
    You'll fly us far above the boards, above the rooftop of the rink tonight,
    fly us into the skate-blade brightness of the winter stars.

    http://indextrious.blogspot.com/2009/04/lorna-crozier-and-hockey-poetry.html

  • poetry -

    Sorry about that yes its supposed to be in this way. Please help in telling me what format is being used.

    Thanks and sorry about that

  • poetry -

    How many stanzas are in this poem?
    http://www.answers.com/stanza

    How many lines in each stanza?

    Is there the same number of lines in each stanza?

    Do any of the lines rhyme? If so, is there a pattern to the rhyming lines?

    Is there a set rhythm? When you read the poem aloud, can you hear it?

    These are the questions you need to be able to answer in order to discuss the format of the poem.

  • poetry -

    What are the names of the different kinds of formats?

    Stanzas still doesn't make sense to me please elaborate

  • poetry -

    Did you bother to click on the link I gave you to the definition of "stanza"?

    Types of poems:
    http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/197

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