By Herbert R. Kohl
Poetry has the ability to maneuver and problem the reader. it may well accentuate or perhaps rejoice distress, be cynical or wry, or simply chortle outright in an outrageous approach. Poetry is as critical and antic as lifestyles, and but studying glossy poetry should be stunning to our experience of what language is or needs to be.In A Grain of Poetry, Herbert Kohl provides a chain of guideposts to assist every body learn poetry and detect these poems that tell and encourage them. In transparent, direct language, he covers the entire essential-but frequently unchartedpaths to knowing poetry: shape and constitution, line breaks and pauses, rhythm and melody, imagery, and recitation. Written by means of one of many country's prime educators, A Grain of Poetry is a complete and available advisor for all poets, scholars, and poetry fans.
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Extra info for A Grain of Poetry: How to Read Contemporary Poems and Make Them A Part of Your Life
72 A Grain of Poetry Rhythm and Melody 73 Read them aloud. Now try reading the same words aloud from this score: Crippled with desire, he questioned it. Evening upon the heights, juice of the pome~ranate: who could connect it with sunlight? Or: Crippled with desire, he questioned it. Evening upon the heights, juice of the pomegranate: who could connect it with sunlighe Etc. The intonation, the ups and downs of the voice, involuntarily changes as the rhythm (altered by the place where the tiny pause or musical "rest" takes place) changes.
The stanzas placed on the right are answers, actually chal lenges, to what is said in the preceding stanzas that begin on the left side of the page. There are multiple melodies in this poem, dual rhythms that challenge the reader but also make the poem more complex and multivoiced. The poet does not tell you who is speak ing, but shifts voices according to the logic of the poem and not the logic of prose. For me a first reading of a poem like this helps establish the melody, rhythm, and voices in the poem.
2 with abide with When others fail fail fail comforts flee fail flee abide with me abide with me me me a Learning to read line breaks helps make reading poetry more like speaking with inflection and expression than droning on in a monotone voice. However, poetry is not casual speech and line breaks provide a more formal structure to the language of poetry than conversation. Poems are dual-meant to be read and meant to be spoken. However, they are more like classical music than like jazz-there is a written score, and the improvisations take place within the constraints of the text.