By Herbert R. Kohl

ISBN-10: 0060930713

ISBN-13: 9780060930714

Poetry has the ability to maneuver and problem the reader. it might probably accentuate or maybe rejoice distress, be cynical or wry, or simply chortle outright in an outrageous manner. Poetry is as critical and antic as lifestyles, and but interpreting smooth poetry will be surprising to our experience of what language is or needs to be.In A Grain of Poetry, Herbert Kohl offers a chain of guideposts to aid all people 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 by way of one of many country's prime educators, A Grain of Poetry is a complete and available consultant for all poets, scholars, and poetry fans.

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70 A Grain of PoetrY Rhymes are clues to the overall rhythm and structure of a poem that are not available in most contemporary poetry. There are other clues in poems, however, that help the reader get a sense of how the poem scans, how it sounds, how one can read it and speak it. Line breaks are an essential way to understand and enter the rhythm and melody of a poem. It is important to understand the distinction between rhythm and melody in a poem. You can set up a rhythm, a beat, but still read the poem in a monotone with no accent or expression.

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In fact, it flows like water running into a delta. It's not clear whom the poet is addressing. " It could be a former lover. It could be the reader. The rhythm and melody of the poem move like water down to the delta, which flows off into many streams. It speaks t9 the poet's com­ plexity and personal growth, to the inability to capture a living work­ ing poet in past poems. The line break:'> lead the reader, though the image of water flowing through the delta f'merges only in the second stanza.

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