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    Tõnis Veenpere aka tonyv

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    • Apologies Tony. I thought I had responded. Thank you for your comments, and yes the structure was intentional, pleased you enjoyed. all the best Phil  
    • Cool find. These are all great points in the linked article. Each one of them could be discussed in great detail and supplemented with examples. So much work to be done ... Tony
    • Very nice work, Phil. I enjoyed the mood of the piece also its clean, polished layout on the page of what appears be a tasteful, elegant publication. The poem has an ultra-finished look, especially with the choices in first and last words -- hullabaloo/peek-a-boo -- whether that was an intentional consequence or not. The title is perfect. Tony
    • Nice addition Badge Thanks.    

      Yes beginning and end words in the line have extreme importance.  It always surprises me when modern poets end a line with "and".  I see it all of the time.  Your point of beginning with a trochee for balance makes total sense.  Beginning with a trochee always commands attention on the first syllable.  In To Read a Poem by Donald Hall, his first chapter is "Good Poems" and proceeds to explicate 3 poems, the first is Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.  He spends a lot of time discussing word placement in the line and how the beginning and end lines are.  Frost was a genius at it.

    • hi Tink Many relevant points made in that article. The emphasis on pattern in particular. I do feel, especially in the use of rhyme, that lines trot to an inevitable end line weight. The use of a trochee at the beginning of a line provides counter to that weight; a caesura also provides pivot balance; verbs and nouns placed at the line beginning provide dynamic. A pattern of weak words to begin lines can be as flawed as weak end line words in the overall effect. Thanks for sharing badge

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