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No title (English poetry) by M

Updated: Jul 28, 2023

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I had four very unconnected thoughts when I read this piece of poetry aloud. (What is poetry if not read aloud?)

  1. (Madhu Johri ma'am, if you are reading this, you will know that you taught me well!). The rhyme scheme, when you read aloud is AABB (arguably?). It reminded me of these lyrics with the same rhyme scheme:

Hello darkness, my old friend,

I've come to talk with you again,

Because a vision softly creeping

Left it seeds while I was sleeping...

( Listen to the song here.)

2. Perhaps if JRR Tolkien had read these lines, he would have made it Gollum's song?

3. How this rhyme scheme is a double couplet and has a lyrical quality to it.

4. I love how the poet has sweetened the ache with the rhythm in her verses. I also love how she writes about the "unanticipated ripeness of a forceful bloom", to poignantly convey her feelings. Makes you pause for a second to think and perhaps smile a tad wistfully when you realise that a bloom is usually associated with happiness, but if it's forced then you really don't anticipate what you would see.

Overall, these lines made me think of someone taking a journey to leave a Mobius strip.

Thank you for reading!


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