Poetry is Regional

You may think it’s blank—
Or even free—
Verse, but you may be
Unfamiliar with the voice,
The accent, the dialect
Of the author.

You don’t see the rhyme
If you pronounce things
Differently. And you may miss
The meter, if you speak with
A different cadence.


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Randy Horton

Thu 4th Jul 2019 12:59

"Slough" is a beautiful poem. I would love to hear more examples like that.

Ray, i wish more of my teachers had made a point of examining this. I had professors who read poems in old and middle English (accurately, as far as I know) but left more modern and contemporary poems to be read without much analysis related to place of origin.

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Wed 3rd Jul 2019 22:58

A can of worms nicely contained Randy. The sort of knowledge that a teacher might use perhaps !



Wed 3rd Jul 2019 20:14

It's true you might be British if you say that slough rhymes with cow...


sorry, friends--it's probably a too well worn point by now ;

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Randy Horton

Wed 3rd Jul 2019 14:11

Thanks for the comments. I really enjoyed the Not the Nine O'clock News clip.

I read lots of British poems in my university days back in the early 80s (in Texas), but I've only realised that I missed much of the rhyme and rhythm since moving to the UK in 2016. It's a little embarrassing, but we keep learning, eh?

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Jason Bayliss

Wed 3rd Jul 2019 12:29

Devon Brock

Wed 3rd Jul 2019 11:24

Yes Randy, I say "wooder", but that doesn't mean I drink from a different well.


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