Ted Hughes: The Horses

I'd be interested in any thoughts on stanzas of the kind in the poem in this link http://www.oatridge.co.uk/poems/t/ted-hughes-horses.php

I am particularly struck by how it is in couplets. For the life of me I can't see how this enhances the reading (on the page or aloud) of the poem. Far from making it "flow", such an arrangement stilts it in my mind, making the narrative disjointed. I have often found it hard to appreciate why stanza begins or eds where it does, and in this case the two-line stanas don't representany sort of break from the lines preceding them. Can you honestly say the poem would be weaker if it were written in lengthier sanzas.

I suppose what I'm trying to address are two main points. a. What is the "point" of using a two-line format of this kind, and b. Is anything gained by having stateents/portions of the same observation hanging over into the next stanza?
Sun, 7 Apr 2019 07:09 pm
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"Can you honestly say the poem would be weaker if it were written in lengthier sanzas. "

Actually, yes I can, for me at least. Longer stanzas would speed up the reading, whereas the couplets slow it down. A smooth flow isn't always what the poem needs. Sometimes, something more staccato is required.

And yes I think something is gained - you have to read the poem again. And again.

All poems are in states of more or less 'unfinish'; and it's only ever 'finished' when a reader reads the poem and finishes it in their own mind. And even then, the next time you read it, it will finish differently...
Wed, 22 May 2019 01:33 pm
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