Together with the recent revival of interest in formal poetry
, this gives hope that Reuven Ben-Yosef's work may yet find new generations of readers whom it will inspire in the struggle for Israeli identity and survival.
Off to the side is a lectern where he interrupts his painful recollections with more formal poetry
The best argument for formal poetry
remains Winters's pragmatic one: "the absence of a metrical frame accounting for the agreement or variation of every syllable .
One hardly knows what to call this disjunctive and intertextual piece of writing: for the most part laid out like a prose poem, it is nevertheless as highly wrought in its assonance, inner rhyme and even scansion as the most formal poetry
At that time, I didn't really collide with the fact that no one was writing formal poetry
Thus Gioia says that "Free verse, the creator of an older literary revolution, is now the long-established ruling orthodoxy; formal poetry
the unexpected challenge' ("Notes" 395).
A researcher for the Federal Writers' Project (1936-1940), Hayden used many of the facts of African American history he unearthed in the formal poetry
of his first collection, Heart-Shape in the Dust (1940).
Often, in formal poetry
, language becomes a collaborator in the creative process, with the necessity of finding a rhyme, an iamb or an assonance prodding the poet to open linguistic files otherwise shut.
The formal poetry
coming from younger poets of color now feels to me as if it is taking deep breaths of fresh air and speaking powerful, long-pent-up truths; it is exactly what I had hoped and expected and wanted from New Formalism.
It is interesting to note that the same language that is used to insist that science destroys poetry's "natural" environment is all too often used to criticize the methods of formal poetry
One odd side effect of the growing interest in formal poetry
over the last fifteen years is the continuing divergence of opinion regarding just what form is.
On the cover of his book (see below) is an illustration by Ben Shahn called Sunday Painting, and that points toward Berry's weekly ritual: a solitary meditation on the way of life that he has created in this landscape, stray thoughts elevated to the level of formal poetry