Sunday, April 02, 2006

Wordsworthian blank verse

In terms of stress, almost everything is medium to light. The verse is quiet in sound. While it moves, it seems scarcely to be moving. It is like the picture of a cloud in motion rather than that cloud above us in the sky. One is driven in describing this, as so often in poetry, in terms not so much of stress as of voice. It is a quiet voice, the quietest of all voices.

Philip Hobsbaum.

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