By Herbert R. Kohl
Poetry has the facility to maneuver and problem the reader. it could accentuate or perhaps rejoice distress, be cynical or wry, or simply chortle outright in an outrageous means. Poetry is as severe and antic as lifestyles, and but examining sleek poetry should be stunning 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 each person learn poetry and detect these poems that tell and encourage them. In transparent, direct language, he covers all the essential-but frequently unchartedpaths to knowing poetry: shape and constitution, line breaks and pauses, rhythm and melody, imagery, and recitation. Written by way of one of many country's top educators, A Grain of Poetry is a accomplished and available consultant for all poets, scholars, and poetry fans.
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Perhaps in easier times you would have lived. Infants buried at Tule Lake. Yamamuro Baby, George Uyeda, Kazlio Harry Nishizaki, Loni Miyoko Toriumi, Seki Baby. Peonies plucked by cruel weather, crushed into the sand, suffocated in a jar with tight lid. Your cry would have made the pain go away. I could have soothed with lullaby hush little baby and when you wake your mother will feed you omame sleep little one and fret no more your daddy's home from the war. Government made gravemarker, makeshift, crumbling- a cruel history, all laps are enemy aliens.
Though many poets, old and new, have experimented with its visual possibilities (writing poems like circles or wings or altars or diamonds or mirror images, or including various kinds of anagrams), no one has to the same extent as cummings made the written poem so much a part of its essential being. Many of his poems can be effectively read aloud-he has a mag nificeut lyric gift; but others cannot be read aloud at all, their meaning is so inextricable from their shape on the page. Apologies to [e.
The same is true for a poem. You can deyelop an informed hahit of rtading poems without having to be a structural critic or academic student of poetry. Here's a poem, "Delta" bv Adrienne Rich. which you've already encountered in the Introduction. Read it again and try to get a sense of the melody Rich IS playll1g: Delta If you have taken this rubble for my past raking through it for fragments you could sell know that I long ago moved on deeper into the heart of the matter If you think you can grasp me.