Get in Line: Poetry and the Flow of Form

Noel-Tod, Jeremy ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0772-1770 (2022) Get in Line: Poetry and the Flow of Form. The Stinging Fly, 2 (46). pp. 197-204. ISSN 1393-5690

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Abstract

The flow of recitation and song is nothing like the delicate mental hesitations (‘a briefly heard silence’) that critics summon up when trying to describe the effect of a line break. Poets may read like the minister in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, who orates each hymn to the congregation line by line before it is sung, his voice ‘climb[ing] steadily up until it reached a certain point, where it bore with strong emphasis upon the topmost word, and then plunged down as if from a spring-board’. But singers don’t sing like that. The supposedly ‘vital (genetic) link’ between the performance of song and a convention of print poetry is, therefore, of dubious lineage.

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