Friday, April 22, 2005

Free vs. formal forms

"The study of prosody still figures in the offerings of a good number of university English departments and creative writing programs, but, aside from class exercises and the odd villanelle, most young poets do not choose to work with traditional forms. Columbia University’s graduate writing division, for example, recently dropped its requirement for the study of versification, and I am told that one can navigate the poetry program there without ever scanning a line. " (New Criterion)

Hey, no fair. I taught S. how to scan this week. I swore to him it was something he had to know how to do.

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