This book

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This book

Post by Ros » Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:00 pm

reviewed here ... m-wootten/ praises its control of meter. I thought from the poems quoted that the meter seemed odd, with stresses on the wrong words, eg l2 in v2 in particular:

But walking back that evening,
Cold in the rags of the moon,
I heard somebody singing
Some haunting, hurting tune
So lovely that the tears came
Down as I walked along
Knowing that there is an end
To every haunting song.

Possibly it's the line breaks I'm objecting to.

Or is it just me?
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Re: This book

Post by Antcliff » Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:09 pm

I read that line as rather playfully stressing "down"? It seems a tad redundant...tears not usually coming "up".

We fray into the future, rarely wrought
Save in the tapestries of afterthought.
Richard Wilbur

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