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Jefferson Carter Jefferson Carter Male, 91, United States (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....

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  • Lamont Palmer (7/4/2013 1:46:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I'm sure Stevens and WCW never fully agreed on these issues either. And certainly not Buk and Merrill. And I suppose neither will we, since we've been going at it from 2005. In the end, the work speaks for itself. Keats died thinking he was an utter failure. And I bet Kilmer died thinking he was a genius. My, how things can change. -LP

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    • Mary Morstan (7/4/2013 4:39:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

      But, with all due respect (and I know what you're trying to say) , Jefferson's right: poems are written in lines/verses while prose uses the sentence (if that wasn't the case, FW would be taught as po ... more

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