NABOKV-L post 0020606, Thu, 26 Aug 2010 15:37:02 -0400

Re: model poet
I guess I should apologize. I'm really not that familiar with Pope,
Dryden, et al, although I have plowed through An Essay on Man two or
three times now.
I'm genuinely surprised that these poets would avoid enjambment since
enjambment creates a variety that consistently end-stopped verse seems
to me to cry out for. That doesn't strike me as advancement. Frost's
The Tuft of Flowers, which R S Gwynn mentions, goes about as far in
that direction as I am likely to admire.
I'm happy to find that our tastes run so much alike, both in regard to
enjambment and to Chaucer.

Thanks for the correction,

On Aug 26, 2010, at 2:24 PM, Hyman, Eric wrote:

> Yes, Chaucer too. Chaucer is my favorite poet, and one of the
> reasons for that—not the main reason, of course—is my preference for
> enjambed narrative rather than ferociously end-stopped couplets...
> Eric Hyman
> Professor of English,
> Assistant Chair
> Graduate Coordinator
> Department of English
> Fayetteville State University
> 1200 Murchison Rd.
> Fayetteville, NC 28301
> (910) 672-1901

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