Sunday, October 09, 2011
One of the things I love about fall are the variations. Not only the variations in colors but textures as well. Perhaps this too is one of the reasons I love poetry or language in general. We have the ability to deepen the mental picture of what we a saying by giving texture to it.
When I think of texture and poetry there are a variety of things that come to my mind. One is the texture that develops one the page. White space / black space. Letters forming blocks or more jagged edges.
Another aspect would be the flow of the sound when a poem is read. The rhythm, the intonation, organization of syllables, etc.
I've seen a poem in which a rosary is mentioned and the stanzas seem to be connected like decades of a rosary. The visual impact was impressive.
What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate texture in your poetry?