Poetics and Poetry Discussion
(7/4/2013 4:39:00 PM)
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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 poetry) . Further, a passage of prose, taken from a novel or short story, is part of a greater whole: we need to read the rest of the work to find the context, and in that work we read on and on to get to the end - while in poetry we read to the end and then back up the page. Moreover, poetry also attempts to go beyond words, to silence or revelation.
Re Joyce, I said he would eat you for breakfast because you said his experiment with language in FW was poetry (“his prose is poetry”) – he was trying to get beyond that, to create the language of the night and the unconscious. He also made a distinction between his poetry and prose (his poetry is formal, and not, imo, that great – some nice ones though) . In fact, in response to criticism of FW he brought out Pomes Penyeach. You can also listen to him read from FW online – he doesn't read it like poetry either. The sound of the words - in both prose and poems - was extremely important to him, however, and so yep it's lyrical. And Jefferson, did you know you can hear Tennyson recite online too?Thought you'd be pleased...Replies for this message:
(7/6/2013 11:57:00 AM)
M, I suppose I'd like to hear Tennyson recite, as long as it wasn't " riflemen, look to your butts...." ! What I'm simply trying to get Lamont to SEE (fat chance) is that poetry does not m ... more
(7/4/2013 7:08:00 PM)
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When I said FW was poetry, I meant in an essential way, not literally, as of course, its written out in paragraphs and is meant to be prose. -LP
- Jefferson Carter (7/6/2013 11:57:00 AM) Post reply
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