It reads nothing like prose and nothing like any spoken or nonpoetic
kinds of discourse." Homer's rhythmical verse is not an accidental feature of his poem, but a key element of his storytelling.
stuff is not something new as we find lot of books in our classical period that deal with religious affairs, medicine, craft and artisan's skills in the form of verse.
Collectively, the essays in Auden at Work also pay rewarding attention to the startlingly broad range of nonpoetic
work Auden did: along with teaching and lecturing, he was a filmmaker, opera librettist, dramatist, prolific book reviewer, editor, amateur photographer, and full-time' midcentury public intellectual whose role, in Edmund Wilson's words, was "to go everywhere, be accessible to all sorts of people, serve interestedly and conscientiously in innumerable varied capacities: on the staff of a Middle Western college; at a cultural congress in India; on a grand jury in New York City, deciding the fate of gangsters; on a committee of the American Academy, making handouts to needy writers" (quoted by Justin Quinn, 237).
Furthermore, if I said, in a nonpoetic
context, "I am the mother of my father and the sister of my husband, and he is my offspring," my meaning is obscure, given the assumptions of my culture.
A Family Gathering, premiered by Mabry and Wade in 1997, is an impressive setting of three rather nonpoetic
texts by Georgianna Orsini in which she offers up telling observations about various members of her family.
The great need of poetics has been to uncover the logic/code that underpins what these thinkers have observed about the organization and evolution of natural and cultural forms elsewhere, so that it can be used to understand how poets coordinate the major elements of poetry--rhythm, language, rhetoric, meaning, etc.--both with one another, and with other, nonpoetic
The other nonpoetic
intellectual gifts mentioned by Cynewulf, the interpretation of divine law and the ability to "skillfully write a discourse," obviously pertain to reading and writing as well as the ability to educate others and share one's knowledge.
Although consciousness of crisis is also found in nonpoetic
genres (in the aforementioned work by Cellorigo, for instance), there can be no doubt that the most successful attempts to deal with national tragedy were produced by literary authors, notably the dramatists who were officially entrusted with staging Spanish history--Lope's Los espanoles en Flandres and Calderon's El sitio de Breda.
Perhaps poetic works might be distinguished from nonpoetic
works by the fact that the former refer to a world of the text while the latter require no such background context.
Halkin finds sources for Halevi's life and family from nonpoetic
texts as well.
Chief among these presuppositions was the world of poetic discourse as distinguished from the nonpoetic
, so that the latter becomes the external complexity pastoral is designed to change.
Frye argues that mysticism is a "nonpoetic
tradition" and that Blake has no interest in this in the form of "a contemplative quietism" or "a spiritual illumination" but in terms of "an unattached creative Word [and an] effort of vision ...