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Sunday, April 25, 2021

thinking poetically 1

 Thinking poetically would be thinking 




These would correspond to Pound's three types of "charging language with meaning." 

A little child acquires the prosody of a language before anything else: intonation and accentuation. Little kids respond well to rhyme and to pounded out accentual rhythms. So prosodical thinking is inherent in language acquisition itself. 

Yet I had a high-school teacher who couldn't scan Shakespeare. There is a higher level, of being able to feel the variety of the iambic pentameter line in tension with the abstract pattern. 

Then an even higher level: being able to achieve originality in one's handling of prosody. 

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