Monday, September 20, 2010

A little too Byronic

Poetry is more than rhyming words. That's why I love these three lines by the master of Byronic poetry
This is the patent age of new inventionsFor killing bodies, and for saving souls,All propagated with the best intentions.
That stop?  That line break after "inventions"?  The expectation that builds up (and the next line ironically knocks down)--and the good sense to write it down--is why he will be remembered as long as people speak English and you and I probably won't be.

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