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Lecture 3
Voice: Perspective and Tradition
Stewart Cole “Merman”
- Piece of life: mourning, waking energy from sleep
- Disequilibrium: space between dream and waking
- Questioning the conscious part of me that we leave behind when we awake
- Uses enjambment, imagery, uses merman as a symbol, part man part monster = myth
- Transformation
- In the middle suprising shift of speaker
1) Speaker , distinguished from the poet
2) Point of View =
i. 1st person “I” or “We”
ii. 2nd person “You”
iii. 3rd person “He/she” or “they”
3) Pronouns (agents)
- In Merman, initially in 3rd person and then it switches to 1st person
o Self conscious, I am looking at self as split being
o Core point is the turn in the middle
- In class we look at two interrelated though very different traditions of poetry:
o Free Verse
Lines are of different widths
Do not rhyme in any regular way
Invented by poets brought up on rhyme and counted verse
Theoretical appeal is that it admits an element of chance
o Metrical Verse (or poems in counted lines)
Pays special attention to metrical lines, metrical patterns, rhymes and stanza
Predetermined methods
Specific ways of naming stanza form
Blank Verse
- Central type of peotic line throughout the development of English language poetry
- Defining features are almost non-existent : unrhymed iambic pentameter
- Metrical foundation for Shakespeare’s plays and Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost
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