Poetics and Poetry Discussion
(7/4/2013 10:46:00 AM)
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Lamont, I'm jumping back out of the on-going (pointless) thread about the difference between prose and poetry and just saying this here: your comment about Joyce's " poetic prose" is right on! No matter how " poetic" (a perfectly legitimate though slippery term) the writing is, it's STILL prose! ! ! Why? Because it's organized by paragraphs! My argument is against using the term " poetry" to mean writing of the highest order, implying, as you do, prose means writing of a lesser order, reserved for exposition and the more mundane tasks. Open your mind, considr what you're really saying and let the sunshine in....
(7/3/2013 7:43:00 PM)
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Lamont, I really like these sections. The strange syntax and GREAT diction really energize the experience, " plebeian bullet-head, " " crinkled toy tin hat" —truly original phrasings. I do love these lines, their tonal shifts, just beautiful. WHAT I'd like you to do is STOP declaring " this can't be prose because of the unusual syntax." Don't you get tired of your own mulishness? I do. If these words were arranged in paragraphs, they'd be PROSE! ! ! ! Really original prose, with fresh syntax, but prose nevertheless. Of course, it would lose the advantages of line breaks and line rhythms, so it would be dumb to re-write as prose.
(7/3/2013 6:33:00 PM)
In no way does the syntax in this poem match the direct, straightforward syntax of prose. Not even close. But nice try. -LP
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