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By Herbert R. Kohl

ISBN-10: 0060930713

ISBN-13: 9780060930714

Poetry has the facility to maneuver and problem the reader. it may possibly accentuate or maybe have fun distress, be cynical or wry, or simply snort outright in an outrageous method. Poetry is as severe and antic as lifestyles, and but studying sleek poetry should be surprising to our experience of what language is or needs to be.In A Grain of Poetry, Herbert Kohl provides a chain of guideposts to assist everybody learn poetry and become aware of these poems that tell and encourage them. In transparent, direct language, he covers the entire essential-but frequently unchartedpaths to realizing poetry: shape and constitution, line breaks and pauses, rhythm and melody, imagery, and recitation. Written through one of many country's major educators, A Grain of Poetry is a complete and obtainable advisor for all poets, scholars, and poetry enthusiasts.

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Here's a simple rhyming verse (lines 1 and 2, play and day; lines 3 and 4 the almost-rhyme, called an off-rhyme, sleep and street; and lines 5 and 6, call and all. '" Boys and girls come out to play, The moon doth shine as bright as day. 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. " ~"'"'~"l~'~'~""'~~' come out to play, The moon doth shine asbrightasday. Leave your supper and leave your sleep, And join your playfellows in the street.

Grunts, stretches the poet's throat and scrapes it and then lathers it as though it was a corpse. The scis­ sors snicker: the language is harsh and then sad. The poem ends with the image of the cockerel stomping on his hens. This is an anti-love story condensed into an epIsode of shaving. The language of the poem is harsh, dissonant, deliberately not graceful, and I feel that its melody is much closer to a piece of contemporary music that has a single harsh discordant lIne. It is anti-tuneful. Reading it this way.

Now try reading the same words aloud from this score: Crippled with desire, he questioned it. Evening upon the heights, juice of the pome~ranate: who could connect it with sunlight? Or: Crippled with desire, he questioned it. Evening upon the heights, juice of the pomegranate: who could connect it with sunlighe Etc. The intonation, the ups and downs of the voice, involuntarily changes as the rhythm (altered by the place where the tiny pause or musical "rest" takes place) changes. These changes could be rccorded in graph form by some instrument, as heartbeats or brain waves are graphed.

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