Two way hump day

Brittany Touris asks:

What is more important in poetry, the rhythm of the words when spoken or the message of the words? Do they play an equal part? If one is missing does it become less powerful?

What is more important in poetry, the rhythm of the words when spoken or the message of the words?
For me, it is not only what I say, but how I say it that also matters. And this is true for other literary forms as well. As a reader, I cannot grasp the message even if I understand it, if it is not written in a way that clicks with me. Language is the medium and the poetic expression is the message. The message cannot be delivered without the medium and the message cannot be delivered well if the medium is not used appropriately.

Do they play an equal part?

As for calculating whether they play an equal part, I would say that they do. No matter how well a feeling is expressed, if it is something I do not care about, I will not read/finish a poem. When I write poetry, I cannot write something shallow for the same reason.

If one is missing does it become less powerful?

If strength is missing either in the message or the medium, then the whole thing suffers. It is simply not possible to separate the two. The medium and the message together weave the tapestry and make poetry whole.

I am not sure if it makes sense. I am not very good at analyzing poetry!

 

11 December, 2013

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