Perrine's Sound & Sense: An Introduction to Poetry / Edition 15
Culture Books. Rhyme and reason There are too many populists, amateur versifiers and obscurantists. Don Paterson urges us to leave poetry to the professionals Saturday 6 November The Guardian Poetry is a dark art, a form of magic, because it tries to change the way we perceive the world. That is to say that it aims to make the texture of our perception malleable. It does so by surreptitious and devious means, by seeding and planting things in the memory and imagination of the reader with such force and insidious originality that they cannot be deprogrammed. A poem is just a little machine for remembering itself; a poem makes a fetish of its memorability. It does this because the one unique thing about our art is that it can be carried in your head in its original state, intact and perfect.
Sound poetry is an artistic form bridging literary and musical composition , in which the phonetic aspects of human speech are foregrounded instead of more conventional semantic and syntactic values; "verse without words". By definition, sound poetry is intended primarily for performance. While it is sometimes argued that the roots of sound poetry are to be found in oral poetry traditions, the writing of pure sound texts that downplay the roles of meaning and structure is a 20th-century phenomenon. The Futurist and Dadaist Vanguards of the beginning of this century were the pioneers in creating the first sound poetry forms. Filippo Tommaso Marinetti discovered that onomatopoeias were useful to describe a battle in Tripoli where he was a soldier, creating a sound text that became a sort of a spoken photograph of the battle. Dadaists were more involved in sound poetry and they invented different categories:. Sound poetry evolved into visual poetry and concrete poetry , two forms based in visual arts issues although the sound images are always very compelling in them.
Andrew has a keen interest in all aspects of poetry and writes extensively on the subject., There's no better way for you to learn about poetry and understand its elements than with "Perrine's Sound and Sense". Both a concise introduction to poetry and an anthology, this classic best-seller succinctly covers the basics of poetry with chapters on evaluating poetry, exemplary poetry selections that you'll enjoy reading, and exercises that help you understand each selection.
When Alexander Pope was just 23 years old he published his first independent work, called An Essay on Criticism , of which " Sound and Sense " is a small part. And by the way, at thirty he was famous and rich. He actually wrote it between two and four years earlier. Pope sometimes bragged that he wrote it before he was 20, but he may have been blowing smoke. Whatever the exact time of writing, we do know he revised it throughout his life. We suppose he had reason to be a bit fat-headed, though.