This week: Vocalizing...Edited by: Fyntastic!
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I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean. ~~Socrates
The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.~~ Charles Baudelaire
A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.~~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. ~~John F. Kennedy
There is much to be said, (pun intended) for reading poetical works out loud. In the revisionary stages, it can help to fix odd, stumble-type moments when one's tongue may trip over the words. If the reader is tripped up, so will be other readers as well. Regardless if a poem rhymes or has a specific meter, reading it out loud can smooth the rough edges, let the writer realize whether or not the thoughts are clearly expressed and allow for the realization that depending upon how a poem is read, it may well color what a poem means. Or what the listener hears.
Granted, a free verse poem will often read sounding more like prose, but one with rhyme and meter requires a reading that avoids a 'sing-songy' sound. Yet, reading them out loud lets the writer hear if it works!
For example, a favorite of mine by Robert W. Service, 'The Cremation of Sam McGee' reads in part:
There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.
Another, which gives a clear reading is 'The Path Not Taken by Robert Frost.
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Regardless of the types of poems written, consider reading them alound in your revisionary status - you may find that that too, will make all the difference!
Try reading some of these out loud. Do they work? Why or why not?
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