Robert Hass On Poetic Form

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On YouTube, former poet laureate Robert Hass can be found delivering a really mind blowing lecture on poetic form. His talk is very abstract, brimming with connections between evolutionary theory, psychology, the connection between stanza length, and Greek maths. He links haiku and the blues, and gives a fascinating brief on how the power of theater lies in its resemblance to a grammatically complete sentence. Totally anti-texting. There are good things in the video not included, but I invite you to read through the link here, Robert Hass Lecture Highlights which also includes some comments of my own. To just see the video you can look up “Robert Hass Sewanee Craft 2010”.

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