Poetics and Poetry Discussion
(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 mean an inherently superior kind of writing.
Whether a prose passage is taken from a novel or short story is irrelevant. It's still organized by paragraph and is PROSE, neither inherently more mundane nor expository than poetry. Check out all those " prose poems" (what I call, more logically, " poetic paragraphs" ;) . I believe, unlike you (?) , GOOD prose also attempts to " go beyond words, to silence or revelation, " as all wonderful writing does.
I know I sound pedantic, insisting on these distinctions, but I don't think we can have useful discussions of poetry or prose until we can agree on our terms.
(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