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Friday, January 9, 2015

Developing Essay // Open Notebook

Essay                There is a beauty in ruins.
                            Beauty in decay, in fractured sentences—
                            in fractures, broken lines—

scattered thoughts, casual speech shifted to rhetoric, –to poetics, reshuffled metaphors, isolated phrases stitched together
Wordsworth's lyrics.

quote Lynda Hull— "Ornithology"
          "take a phrase, then/fracture it—"

the personal brought to rhetoric

Sonnets work well with forced fragmented phrases:
          —depths of psychological lust, need vs. want
          —persona exposes, confesses, litany of obsessions
defense:
1. English Renaissance experimentation: Edmund Spenser,
          poems attributed to W. Shakespeare (see #126)
2. No true traditional rhyme scheme exists: Italian to English           continual changes, reinventions
3. Edgar Allan Poe utilized 15-lines: "Sonnet—Silence"
4. e. e. cummings: de(re)constructed the form numerous times
5.      {...} et cetera

possible defense:
blank sonnet

metaphors
pomegranate
hornet's nest
mouse nest

Reread every/any critical essay on poetry.
In particualr: revisit David Wojahn's "On Sympathy,"
          (personal and critical)
American Poetry Review, March/April 2010


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