Tuesday, April 17, 2012

News at Eleven: [Cristanne] Miller adds that metrical

irregularity and innovation in rhythm and rhyme are also cited as extraordinary qualities in [Emily] Dickinson's work, but she says that in the United States at that time "poetry was marked by significant innovations in meter and form. In fact, in going through her schoolbooks I was struck by how many quite irregular poems and short-lined verse forms were used as examples for students to imitate."

Even the use of the slant or oblique rhyme that mark so much of her poetry was not an entirely uncommon device, Miller says, although Dickinson used it to far more striking and unsettling effect.

from UB Reporter: Scholar challenges popular ideas about Emily Dickinson


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