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An ode to tone-deaf poets

In a letter to her friend, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop crystallised Thomas’s singular genius: I have been very saddened, as I suppose so many people have, by Dylan Thomas’s death … He had an amazing gift for a kind of naked communication that makes a lot of poetry look like translation. The ineluctable fact is that there are few poets. Some even try to emulate the style of others. Many bore us to death with their prolix prose piece, ostensibly written in some verse format; deflowering many a pristine page. Of developing an argument, bringing it to a conclusion without any lacuna, they’re invariably prime clueless scribblers. Oh, for poets who were not tone-deaf hacks! Also see The Palinode, dated 15 May 2022. An example of a reverse rhopalic verse. In poetry: where each word is one syllable fewer, or it might decreases each line in a stanza by one syllable (per my example), or a metric foot. IN THE SAME CATEGORY OF CONSTRAINED WRITING Rhopalism: A rhopalic sentence is one in which each successive word is one letter longer than the previous one. In poetry: where each word is one syllable more, or it might increase each line in a stanza by one syllable (see my example, The Coward, posted earlier), or a metric foot. The Rhopalic Couplet, also called Wedge Verse, was first used by Homer in the Iliad 3.182. A poetic unit of two rhopalic lines (rhyme optional), each word progresses adding one more syllable than the preceding word in the line. The sequence of the syllable count can be identical in the second line, or it may be reversed. rhopalic(also ropalic) - Origin: Late 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Browne (1605–1682), physician and author. From post-classical Latin rhopalicus (adjective) (of a line or passage of verse) in which each word contains one syllable more than the one immediately preceding it (3rd century) from the ancient Greek word meaning "cudgel thicker towards one end". NB The difference between this poetic device and the Etheree poem is that the latter is limited to 10 lines and unrhymed; usually centred on the page. The Etheree poem is a syllabic verse form created by the Arkansas poet Ms Etheree Taylor Armstrong (1918—1994).

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Date: 7/3/2021 1:43:00 PM
Very informative Suzette, your form achieves a structural level of art thru lyricism difficult to construct in an effortless display! Good work! personally, I enjoy a slow absorption of a form (or not) depending on the poems direction/message (or not) we all have right brain/left brain tendencies each of us enjoy, a world where Bukowski is admired alongside Longfellow
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Suzette Richards
Date: 7/3/2021 9:40:00 PM
Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. Some poetry knock my socks of at the first read, whereas others take time to impress or have an effect on me. Many a time, it takes more than one visit to appreciate a poem in full. As with music where I don't like all the tracks on an album, I don't read all of one poet. Some I rediscover after a timelapse of maybe years. Thanks for reading, James
Date: 7/2/2021 12:12:00 AM
An in-depth ode. Enriching one.
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Suzette Richards
Date: 7/2/2021 1:03:00 AM
Thank you, Christuraj :))
Date: 7/1/2021 10:44:00 PM
a very tongue in cheekie ode! lol I have to admit when it comes to metric feet, I'm still tone deaf but that part about the prolix piece prose is what I felt reading some of the contemporary sonnets but I guess that is enjambment? I have much to learn with poetic devices... enjoyed :))
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Suzette Richards
Date: 7/2/2021 2:21:00 AM
Thank you, Susan <3
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Susan Woodrow
Date: 7/1/2021 11:42:00 PM
wow! great website and my goodness, I need more time to study it all!
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Suzette Richards
Date: 7/1/2021 10:57:00 PM
I literally wrote books about it. They say that in order to understand, one must try to teach ... There is a free download on my website Suzette: Poet, called POETREE. I have always learned better with a pen in my hand. Thanks for reading and the kind comment, Susan :))
Date: 7/1/2021 3:28:00 PM
Suzette, wonderful, I love your words and the reverse rhopalic verse form, I must try this and I like how you are using the "other" form available to us now, a FAV ~ love and serenity _Constance
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Suzette Richards
Date: 7/1/2021 10:05:00 PM
Thanks, Constance :))