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except this – reading poetry on the bus makes the commute to work somewhat bearable.  You can nearly finish a slim volume of the stuff in a few trips.  And then you just turn it over a read it all again.  Because poems don’t get old.  People do.

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Written by rarface

September 14, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Posted in books, poems

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  1. But, then, we should distinguish between mere length — in which case, short stories or a novella would do just as well — and literary form. I think the usefulness of poetry for commuting also has something to do with the experience of time built into a poem (a good one, at least). Rhyme, meter, rhythm — these all contribute to an internally developed sense of time that distinguishes the poem from the interlinked, interdependent world of everyday life, which, as Hegel tells us, is the “prose of the world.” In this sense, the novel — or, say, the average New Yorker article — does not sufficiently distance itself from our normal surroundings, particularly the temporal phenomenology of those surroundings, whereas poetry is constituted precisely by that distance. Unless, in fact, poetry clarifies our understanding of time around us — what Shklovsky called ostranenie, or defamiliarization — refreshing our understanding of our own temporal existence. Much like music, with its ancient, perhaps universal connection to poetry. (Though certain kinds of popular music accommodate themselves quite easily to mechanical rhythms — car pistons etc. — just like the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, which is why Emerson called him the great “jingler.”)

    D.M.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:43 am

  2. Disculpe — that last comment was meant to be signed by me, D.M. — but I was accidentally logged in as the blog author.

    D.M.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:45 am

  3. fixed.

    rarface

    September 15, 2009 at 10:54 am


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