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  1. #11
    Edward Hirsch defines cadence thusly: "1) balanced rhythmic flow. 2) The measure or beat of movement. 3) The general inflection or modulation of the voice, especially a falling inflection, as at the end of a sentence. The term cadence is used to describe the rhythmic movement of non-metrical poetry, of free verse, biblical poetry, highly charged prose (84)."

    Cadence is not a metrical unit as is iambic pentameter.

  2. #12
    *sing-songs along*

  3. #13
    Thanks for differentiating. I'm guessing most of the writers (me too) prefer Free Verse.

  4. #14
    Free verse, in my opinion, is a tool--one of many--in a poet's toolbox. Learning how to effectively write free verse allows the poet to consider how and why the lines are broken in such a way in each of his/her poem's.

  5. #15
    Thanks for the guide - I prefer more structured poetry, as the rules act as a guide for me, but will be trying the Pip challenge this month.

    HC

  6. #16
    HC, do you remember the talk I had in the Boot Camp about enjambment/end stops? Free verse works off of those two techniques more than any other.

  7. #17
    Thank you very much for this thread, Ariel! I'll have to take possession on some of these books, since I feel (and know) my writing (and my free verse) is solely based on gut feeling and inspiration, and is absent of any technical and formal considerations, which almost definitely hurts its quality.

    To be an arsonist of souls is the best occupation I can think of... Even if you do end up with burnt fingers.
    ------- To be an arsonist of souls is the best occupation I can think off... Even if you do end up with burnt fingers ------

  8. #18
    Read MLK's, "I have a dream" speech. Magnificent example, to me. A leader with a poetic soul.

  9. #19
    Absolutely beautiful. I once did schoolwork on our heroes (I know I know), and he was my choice. I'll never forget the crescendo of feeling, the tightness in my chest, from watching his speech for the first time.

    To be an arsonist of souls is the best occupation I can think of... Even if you do end up with burnt fingers.
    ------- To be an arsonist of souls is the best occupation I can think off... Even if you do end up with burnt fingers ------

  10. #20
    Raevenlord.... Look to Winston Churchill; John F Kennedy for other examples (ignore Hitler). I was fortunate to live during the times of MLK, JFK, and Churchill. Inspirational poetic leaders, all. If you know of any who exist today, please let me know. Best. sas

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