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Reading Poetry Wrong: Prosody and Performance

Reading Poetry Wrong: Prosody and Performance R e a d i n g P o e t r y W r o n g : P r o s o d y a n d p e r f o r m a n c e S u s a n C h a m b e r s he sound o f a poem is such an essential aspect o f its a rtistry and beauty th a t stu ­ dents o f poetry are often encouraged to read aloud, to be aware o f h o w th e lan­ guage im pacts the senses. But m ig h t w e not at tim es be better o ff reading silently? Seamus Heaney w rite s, in his essay "L e a rn in g fro m Eliot," th a t he loves certain lines o f T. S. Eliot's p o e try "because o f the pitch in th e ir m usic, th e ir nerve-end trem ulou sness, th e ir tre ­ ble in the helix o f the ear."1 "Even so," he continues, "I cannot w ith m y voice make the phys­ ical sound http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png English Language Notes Duke University Press

Reading Poetry Wrong: Prosody and Performance

English Language Notes , Volume 46 (1) – Mar 1, 2008

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Copyright © 2008 Regents of the University of Colorado
ISSN
0013-8282
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2573-3575
DOI
10.1215/00138282-46.1.105
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R e a d i n g P o e t r y W r o n g : P r o s o d y a n d p e r f o r m a n c e S u s a n C h a m b e r s he sound o f a poem is such an essential aspect o f its a rtistry and beauty th a t stu ­ dents o f poetry are often encouraged to read aloud, to be aware o f h o w th e lan­ guage im pacts the senses. But m ig h t w e not at tim es be better o ff reading silently? Seamus Heaney w rite s, in his essay "L e a rn in g fro m Eliot," th a t he loves certain lines o f T. S. Eliot's p o e try "because o f the pitch in th e ir m usic, th e ir nerve-end trem ulou sness, th e ir tre ­ ble in the helix o f the ear."1 "Even so," he continues, "I cannot w ith m y voice make the phys­ ical sound

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English Language NotesDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2008

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