Auckland, New Zealand
ok, patchoulipumpkin (patch for short??)
I'm not entirely sure what you mean by 'expressing the feeling of writing freeverse, and living outside of tradition for it.' I assume you mean that in the poem you were trying to show how a freeverser might feel about structured verse?
If this is the case, I have to say you've done a good job -although I would suggest you make it clear when a poem is expressing YOUR particular feelings and when it is expressing an abstract point of view!
If there is anything I would say about structured verse and tradition, it's that it's tradition is dying out. Rhyme, particular rhythms, particular kinds of verse like villianelles(is that spelled right?), or sonnets, etc have been around for centuries, and we all read Shakespeare in school -or were supposed to!
The point is, ever since Walt Whitman especially, free verse has become the way to go. Pablo Neruda, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Ezra Pound, ee cummings, Frank O'Hara, Allan Ginsburg, William Carlos Williams, Denise Levertov, Anne Sexton, for example, and poets whose names I don't know but are writing now and being published in mainstream mags, this is the new fashion!
Tradition, the kind that you are talking about, seems woefully small and lost compared to the more than a hundred years in which free verse has become popular, distinguished and respected through the work of a great many good poets.
I understand that here in Passions the structured verse of all kinds is popular, with many prominent poets writing it. That's fine by me, because I know that there's a lot of people who want to read, write and talk about that stuff, of whom I am occasionally one. There is also a lot of people who write really interesting free verse on Passions who also are popular. For example, have you read jbouder's poem transtate thoughts or something like that? Martie's poems, which are always fantastic? Severn? caroline? Marge Tindal?
I assume you have, and that this whole argument is redundant, but really, the tradition of poetry as structured verse is hanging on by a thin thread, no doubt to be fully revived some time, while free verse continues to run rampant. I am confident of tradition in free verse, and as confident of free verse's future.
"Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems,
You shall possess the good of the earth and sun (there are millions of suns left,)
You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the spectres in books,
You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me,
You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self." >Walt Whitman, Song of Myself.
[This message has been edited by Seaangel (edited 01-05-2000).]