Thursday, July 10, 2014

Poem of the Day: "Humanities Lecture" by William E. Stafford, Poet of the Month

The Songs of Eretz Poem of the Day for July 10, 2014 is "Humanities Lecture" by William E. Stafford, Poet of the Month.  Mr. Stafford's work has been reviewed previously here:  http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2014/04/poem-of-day-once-in-40s-by-william.html, where a brief biography and references may be found.  The text of "Humanities Lecture" may be found here:  http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171510.

This poem is chock full of end-line rhyme, internal rhyme, end-line assonance and consonance, and alliteration, all seamlessly woven into the overall poetic scheme.  The conceit--Aristotle as a lizard--evokes images of eyes that move independently in all directions--as a result, the see-er becomes a seer, as Aristotle was.

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