Poetics and Poetry Discussion


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Raynette Eitel Female, 77, United States (5/22/2005 11:52:00 AM)

Sometimes prose can be musical. Check out As It Is In Heaven, a novel by Niall Williams (who seems to write in the language of a poet.) Also try Ava's Man, by pulitzer winning reporter, Rick Bragg. No doubt about the music in their prose. But then some so-called poets write in dull, empty phrases and, like the Emperor's New Clothes, they have a following who think they can see the poetry in it. It isn't a matter of the new poetry and the old poetry. It is a matter of knowing the craft of poetry, it's intricacies and its mastery of language. A poet has a full pallete of words and paints his/her canvas with mastery. The musical flow of words comes from the soul as well as knowledge of the way words and phrases flow musically. Sharon needs to read more masters before she throws words at the paper.

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