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Anne Elliot Female, 21, United States (8/8/2012 8:02:00 AM)

by australias leading erotic poet colin leslie dean


Anti-poetry seeks to over come the natural tendency of a reader to seek some sort of harmony or melody in poetic language and diction-a sort of tonality. To such a reader Anti-poetry is discordant and creates cognitive dissonance. Anti-poetry creates discordance in the reader by abusing language in such a way that the normal rhythms, harmonies and melodies of poetry via alliteration assonance end rhyme etc are violated through incorrect pronunciation grammar and spelling. Where words and sounds should step along in a precise and disciplined order such as in run on lines, syncopation, alliteration, assonance, associational, discursive or metrical rhythms, in the Anti-poem the reciter finds breaks and discords in these patterns. These discords are generated by breaking up rhythmic patterns of say associational alliteration and assonance rhythms. All this discord creates an atonality in the ear of the reciter which jars and disturbs their natural tendency to look for tone or harmony. In the recital of the Anti-poem the reciter is carried along with the melodies and rhythmic lines until a jarring or discord is generated upon meeting words or sounds that rupture the melodic or harmonic lines. When this happens the reciter is thrown into cognitive dissonance by the confronting of what appears to be out of place or inappropriate language or grammar. The cadences and rhythms of say alliteration and assonance are only restored by the reciters’ breaking free of their conditioning, in regard to correct English, and being them selves a creator of the poem by generating new words, sounds and grammars to restore the surface discordance’s in the rythyms. In other words in the avoiding of the discords the reader in unity with the Anti-poems rhythms creates new words, neologisms, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, homonymographs-words with different spelling but same sound, words with same sound but different spelling. In this new creation of the reciter and Anti-poet harmony and is achieved and discord dissolved. So long as the reader is enslaved to correct notions of English the Anti-poem and its melodic and rhythmic lines will appear to be discordant. In the harmonizing of surface discord the reader creates out of surface discord new language and new sounds. In this manner the Anti-poet bends language to the Anti-poets will in order to free the Anti-poet and generate new words from what has become an ossified and atrophied language.

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  • Deborah Cromer (8/8/2012 10:15:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    Lots and lots of information. Your feelings or stand on this?I get the information, but what is YOUR point?Your personal insight or message regarding all of these lines?I missed it. Sorry.

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    • Anne Elliot (8/8/2012 10:59:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

      The forum is called Poetics and Poetry Discussion thus the point is to open up a discussion/ conversation as the forum description states " Is there a book you just read, a piece of poetry ... more

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