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The Secret is Out


Interesting to hear Tom Paulin talking so much about the sound texture of poems on yesterday’s edition of The Verb. Worth listening to while you still can (seven days). It’s a trailer for his new book, The Secret Life of Poems, which Faber describes as

a primer which offers [47 poems] – or on occasion an excerpt – with succeeding commentary in which rhythm, form, metre and sources are the order of the day, not ethical commentary or descriptive paraphrase.

Sounds interesting. The Guardian Review carried what I assume is a sample from the book in December (an essay on Keats’s “Ode to Autumn”). I didn’t get round to reading it, but I should. This, of course, connects closely to my own reflections on rhyme (Note to new readers: start at the bottom).

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