As if to prove my point about things I should have learned in college, Aaron Haspel offers a discussion of “Free Verse Scansion” over at the God of the Machine. I am able to intellectually understand what he is saying in this post but I don’t really “get it.” MY pathetic knowledge of English as an actual language and my woefully inadequate knowledge of poetry simply leave me unprepared to wrestle with Aaron’s thesis. To me it was like reading a foreign language I had a vague knowledge of, I cold get the basic gist of it but most remained fuzzy. My gut instinct tells me Aaron prefers poetry within the “rules” rather than some exercise in self-definition. I think if I was smarter I would agree with him . . .
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season - oh, and watching golf too).