By Herbert R. Kohl
Poetry has the ability to maneuver and problem the reader. it may possibly accentuate or perhaps have fun distress, be cynical or wry, or simply snicker outright in an outrageous method. Poetry is as severe and antic as existence, and but analyzing glossy poetry might be surprising to our feel of what language is or needs to be.In A Grain of Poetry, Herbert Kohl offers a chain of guideposts to assist every person learn poetry and notice these poems that tell and encourage them. In transparent, direct language, he covers the entire essential-but frequently unchartedpaths to figuring out poetry: shape and constitution, line breaks and pauses, rhythm and melody, imagery, and recitation. Written through one of many country's top educators, A Grain of Poetry is a complete and obtainable advisor for all poets, scholars, and poetry fanatics.
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Reading poetry is a much more nonlinear experience, and an ongoing one. I find it impossible to throw out or give away a book of poetry that has intrigued, challenged, or moved me because I know I will probably return to it someday either as an old friend or as some thing I do not fully understand and can learn more from. Finally, here is a poem by Al Young with lines of one, two, three, four, five, six, and eight words in length. They are scored like music, mixed according to the flow of the poet's reflections and sen timents, shaped skillfully like an art song.
And I have learned to read poetry and listen to my own internalized voice so that poems can accompany me on an airplane or be my lunchtime reading. Learning to read a poem is like learning to sing. It has to do with following the complex rhythms of the verse, savoring the lan guage, and engaging the sensuous surfaces of the words, their look and their sounds. It means letting constellations of sounds and phrases have a weight as well as letting the meaning and imagery of a poem sink in. This means, in Judson Jerome's phrase, devel oping "an ear for poetry"; learning how to read not merely the words of a poem, but its flow and movement.
Come with a whoop and come with a call, Come with good will or not at all. " ~"'"'~"l~'~'~""'~~' come out to play, The moon doth shine asbrightasday. Leave your supper and leave your sleep, And join your playfellows in the street. Come with a whoop and come with a call, Come with good will or not at all. This somewhat crude change in the shape of the poem draws the reader to the bold type and away from the rhyme. So instead of the play/day, sleep/street, and call/all axes, the bold type leads the eye: boys, girls, play, in the street.
A Grain of Poetry: How to Read Contemporary Poems and Make Them A Part of Your Life by Herbert R. Kohl