Tuesday, August 02, 2005

More Tone and Flow...

Just a quick comment to Kasey's post on tone and flow, in that I have thought tone to be heavily influenced by form. I have always identified as a commodity of form, the use of various textual and aural motions in a poem's framework, and a poet must tread lightly when implementing these style "types." One can not read a work in the tercets of terza rima (as an extreme example) without thinking of that "other-worldly" quality of Dante.

And the implied pattern of "flow" seems to me a current.

...we just had a record-breaking flash flood here in Phoenix--3 inches in a single hour (7 inches is an average "annual" total); the desert ground acts as a concrete floor, and can not absorb the water fast enough. My roof has a flow...I have three buckets catching "flows" that are "drips." So I guess a drip is a flow too!

...and too much flow is a flood, like Hallmark poetry...

...now is a bad attitude tone?

2 comments:

Michael James M. said...

So, too much flow and you drown. Not enough and it's a dry season? Have to find the median, unless you create unbalance and a hurricane begins...but what if nature needs that unbalance to reset balance...

What if our society needs hallmark, because without it the general public wouldn't have poetic expressions in everyday life. It is always someones birthday, death, birth, first time a baby took a shit, and the like.

Maybe we wouldn't have the great poets who set out to be the antithesis to those hallmark flooded bastards.

Phil said...

you crack me up mm!