|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #25|
In similar vein, the mere fact that we are reading instead of ever listening to something suggests that it is not poetry. Text loses all the repetitions of sound that help verse fulfill its primary purpose: to worm its way into our memory. Reading poetry aloud privately doesn't do the job; it's like trying to tickle ourselves. Just as tails and gills become vistigial or disappear entirely over time, text-only editors will inevitably present prose as poetry, having eliminated the differences (e.g. sound repetitions, rhythms, etc.) between the two.
This is the second greatest challenge for poetry book and magazine publishers (after finding a way to compete with music).
|Ye olde Churchkey|
For what it may be worth, of an English teacher's many transgressions, none is more egregious than having students read Shakespearean plays without attending or, at least, viewing them.
"Piñager" is pronounced "Peen" as in "Pinot noir" and "Yeager" as in Chuck.