Monday, April 16, 2007

Today's word and PROSE AND POETRY

Hello again!
I thought it would be fun if I chose a word each day and let the world know my thoughts on it. So, today I will start.
Word of the Day and Thoughts:
I decided to tell you what I think about the word 'lady.' I think that it is a good word, but a really delicate, touchy one that needs to be handled carefully. The word 'lady' is used to describe a woman that you respect, a woman you like, often used in the phrases like 'young lady' and perhaps to often used in phrases like "Hey Lady!" or "Old lady." I think that lady is a touchy word because it sounds awkward and ugly when used in the two previous phrases. But when used in phrases like, "She is a nice lady," or "She is a pretty young lady isn't she?' it sounds a lot better. I think that Lady is a great name for dogs and horses. But sometimes, it just sounds a little too awkward to use in our modern language to me. Lady is a delicate word, and I think it is a good one to use. But I wouldn't pepper you sentences with it.
Sometimes I say that certain words are "a cut of poetry." Any word can be used in poetry, but some words have this rhythm, sound, and meaning that make it a 'cut' of poetry. Someone once said that prose was words in their best order and poetry was the best words in their best order. I think that poetry cuts are like those best words. You may be thinking right now: "So how do I tell which words are cuts of poetry?" It is different with everybody. I know that, because I a few of my friends are writers, and they have different opinions than me on the same subject, because God made us different, or they believe a little different than me. It is the same with words. I may look at the word lady and like it. Another person can look at that word and love it. Another may despise it. Lady isn't a deep, thick juicy cut of poetry, at least not the way I look at it. It is more like a forgotten piece, one that not many care about any more, one that is used a lot, like the lawn mower or the skillet. You don't care about it near as much as other words, like 'water' or 'book.' I cannot honestly say that the word 'lady' is a cut of poetry, because to me, it isn't. A good word, but not a cut of poetry.

"I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is,
prose:words in their best order;
poetry: the best words in their best order.
This is a great quote. But I find one thing wrong with it. 'Prose: words in their best order;
Poetry: the best words in their best order.' They way Coleridge says it, he makes it sound like poetry is better than prose. They have their differences, obviously. Poetry "sings." Poetry has words that sing (remember, cuts). But prose can sing. Prose is different from poetry in the way that prose tells a story, and captures several moments in a row rather than just one. I do not think that poetry is overrated, but I do think that prose is a little underrated. Prose can be written poetically. Poetic prose is so much fun to read and write, because you create new flavors in the writing world, and you can really communicate emotions. It is hard to explain, but prose and poetry are really equals in the writing world in my opinion. Of course, prose can be really dull and boring, depending on the way it is written, but it can also be hot with emotions, plot twists, and poetry, weaved into the sentences. Poems are also used a lot in stories, such as LOTR, Brian Jacques, and their are some in Inkheart and even Phantom Stallion. Some prose is better than others. To each his own. I write more prose than poetry, but I am looking into it. Poetry does sing, but always keep in mind that prose can sing.
Anna Elizabeth Hedges
* The Poet's Notebook, created by David Stanford Burr

1 comment:

firefaerieq said...

Hey girl!! Thats an awesome entry you wrote there about the word Lady!! My mom read your blog too. She said it was really well written. I think so to!! So email me if you can once you get to Indiana if you can spare a minute from you nefiews and neice!! ttyl!