In part 1, we discussed the basic building blocks of poetry, rhythm emotion and meaning and their relationship to words, but now its time to talk to their relationship to each other.
How does rhythm convey emotions? How do emotions color meaning? How does rhythm affect meaning?
Funny you should ask.
The most basic, fundamental rhythm in our life is our heartbeat. Think about it. Think about the way your pulse races when you are angry or frightened. Think about how a heartbeat can lull a child to sleep, and sooth an anxious puppy.
It is with us from the moment we first draw breath, until we breathe no more. A strong heartbeat has always meant ‘strong’ in prose, while a syncopated heart beat can mean anything from arrhythmia to being smitten, as in my heart skipped a beat.
Tune in for this and more as we continue to explore poetry.