Words That Ryme With Hair – February 23, 2010 by Upvermont in Ferlinghetti , Lawrence , Free Verse , Rhyme Tags: A Coney Island of the Mind , Commented Lawrence Ferlinghetti , Assonant Rhyme , End Rhyme , Internal Rhyme , Lawrence Ferlinghetti , Poem No. 20 , Populist Manifesto 12
For me it is one of the gems, later one of the masterpieces of the 20th century. Not a word out of place. I’m sure there are more but (since I spend more time writing than reading) I don’t know about them (unless other readers tell me).
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First, the poem itself, then I look at it more closely. This poem is number 20 in Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s book
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The expressive power of poetry is something that many free verse poets don’t get, don’t want to get, or lack the talent to realize (in my opinion). But there are poets who write in this genre
Get it and Ferlinghetti is one of them. The poem above is rich in final rhyme and internal rhyme, and the rhyme is not free.
It adds expressive power and underlines the meaning of the poem. This makes the poem more memorable. Here is the same poem. I’ve highlighted the end rhymes and internal rhymes that I think are the most important. The colors have no significance except that the same rhymes with the same colors.
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– especially in free verse. Metrical poetry can also use internal rhyme, but the advantage that free verse offers is its freedom of line length. Freedom allows a poet like Ferlinghetti to put the poem where he wants.
In metrical poetry, if Ferlinghetti had wanted to keep these rhymes as final rhymes, he probably would have had to drop a few syllables. And that brings to mind
A little secret (that I’ll let you in on). Hidden within this “free verse” poem is selective poetry.
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In terms of iambic rhythm, this poem is more regular than Keats! I read lines 1, 5, 7, 10 and 11 as Iambic Pentameter. And I read 3, 4, 8 and 9 as iambic tetrameter. Lines 2 and 6 are alexandrines (6 foot lines rather than 5 foot lines). Red represents the trochaic foot. Blue represents the anesthetic version of the leg and green will be a feminine ending (like all my scans). I chose to scan the last line as Iambic Dimeter. (This isn’t the only way to scan these lines, but it reflects what I mean.)
“Destroyers” are metrical. And many young poets would do well to learn from it. The techniques of traditional poetry are still available to all poets, even those writing free verse. They are not mutually exclusive—though one might question whether Ferlinghetti’s poem is really “free verse.”
By the end of the poem. Other rhymes find their counterparts in either two or three lines,
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A deft touch. (The app emphasizes the moment when the boy sees something other than candy, better than candy, and
Are rhythmic. The effect is one of framing and perfection. The poem reinforces the end of the poem, especially by repetition
And this is what is missing from so much free verse—the subtle parallelism of rhyme, meter, and meaning.
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From the first line, we are reminded of innocence and simplicity. What could be better than pennycandystore? And what is electricity? It probably refers to one of New York City’s transit elevated subway lines, but it may also refer to Chicago’s “L”, also called “El” (by some Chicagoans). If I were that kind of juggler, I’d put my money on New York. Lawrence Ferlinghetti was born in Yonkers (just north of New York City) and so (one would expect) would have been familiar with the New York City subway system as a child, (although this assumes the poem is autobiographical.)
On the other hand, although the title of the book seems to locate the poem in New York City, some of the opening poems locate the speaker in California. Additionally, Ferlinghetti tells us that the title of the book is taken from Henry Miller
, making the title more of an idea than a place. I’ve noticed that Chicago readers assume Ferlinghetti is describing the “L” in Chicago while New York readers assume it’s New York.
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To make matters worse, New York has more than one “L.” There’s the Ninth Avenue “L,” there’s the “L” station that was demolished in the 1940s (but Ferlinghetti must have known), and then there’s the Jamaica Avenue “L” in Richmond Hill, Queens. To me, the demolished El Station seems like a likely candidate. But that doesn’t matter. If Ferlinghetti wanted us to know, he could have told us. As he writes this, he is still there.
Were those jellybeans glowing in the semi-darkness? But there is little else “unreal” in the description. Here’s how I read it: The poet is a boy when he goes to a penny candy shop. Reality, to her, is glowing jelly beans, licorice sticks, tween rolls, and oh boy gum. Jellybeans glow, like beacons. But another kind of reality (and un
, moves stalker-like through Boy’s “Reality,” beckoning jellybeans, licorice sticks and “O boy gum.”
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… The choice of Ferlinghetti candy is no mistake. This is sweet for a boy. This boy says to boy, hey boy…
But the reality will not be slow; And there are more to die than leaves. The boy’s reality, his penny candy store, is also dying. The sun, and all that it represented to the boy, is blown away by the wind – and that
More than just a literal wind. The boy’s reality – and unreality – is about to be shattered by something else:
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Need I say more? Ferlinghetti says it best, and I can’t think of any guy who hasn’t had the same experience, the same breathing, heart stopping,
For example when we first see “the girl”. She runs in and she carries, inside
The boy was oblivious until this moment. Her hair, leaves falling rain and blown by the sun, and her breasts. And what is there to breathe in that small room? Her breasts? him? Small room? Where are the jellybeans? – Licorice, tea rolls or “oh boy” guns? They are gone, as are many others. away
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The poem takes us out of the pennycandystore. No need to tell you more. Where a lesser poet might have sat in a shop talking more than necessary, Ferlinghetti’s touch is deft—genius. We know. The boy is gone, in love with one
, the girl’s sudden unfathomable and breathtaking beauty. Pennycandystore, with all its little childish realities, is gone. Outside, the fallen leaves cried:
Late Poetry Die and Hey, David Orr! After writing posts like this, I can’t help but add this excerpt from Ferlinghetti’s poem:
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January 18, 2009 in upinvermont about common and ballad meter , about rhyme , ballad and hymn meter , dickinson , emily , formal poetry , guides , iambic tetrameter , iambic trimeter , internal rhyme , meter , rhyme Tags: argued rhyme , meter , apocalyptic rhyme , assonant rhyme, Ballad Meter, Best Poetry Blog, Better Poetry Blog, Common Meter, Common Particular Meter, compound rhyme, consonant rhyme, crossed rhyme, Dickinson, diminutive rhyme, Emily, Endine, femrhyme, feminutive rhyme para rhyme, Great Poetry Blog , Great Poet, Great Poetry Blog, Great Poets, Half Meter, Hymn 105, Iambic, Iambic Tetrameter, Iambic Trimeter, Identical Rhyme, Imperfect Rhyme, Opening Rhyme, Intermittent Rhyme, Irregular Rhyme, Irregular Rhyme, Types of Poetry, Leonine Rhyme, Easy Poems, List of Poems, Long Meter, Macaroni Poem, Mosaic Poem, Best Poem, Poem 1, Poem 313, Poem Category, Poem List, Rich Poem, Scan Emily Dickinson Dickinson, Scan , s carce rhyme, Short Meter, Short Particular Meter, oblique rhy me, Sporadic Poems, Stop for Death, The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Thomas H. Jonson, Last Rhyme, True Rhyme, Unstressed Rhyme, Jerky Rhyme 78 comments
Emily Dickinson had a talent for imagery and thought. When I read her, I leave the impression of a woman who was fierce, insightful, impatient, passionate and sure of her own talents. Some scholars characterize him as a revolutionary who rejected the log forms and meters (with a capital r) of his day.
My own view is that Dickinson did not “reject” form and meter. He did not want to be a revolutionary. She was rude and brilliant. Like Shakespeare, she enjoyed subverting convention and subverting expectations. It was part of his expressive medium. she
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Rejecting the tired preconceptions of form and meter certainly flatters the vanity of contemporary free verse advocates (poets and critics) but I don’t think it’s a credible character. Ironically, if he were to write as he did today, his poetry would be equally rejected by a generation steeped in the tired expectations and conventions of free verse.
Hymns and ballads are simple and perfectly suited to his expressive genius. Chopin did not “reject” symphonies, operas, oratorios, concerts or chamber music, etc… his genius
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