Sunday, April 22, 2007

The wholeness of the poem receives a dent

While it is certainly convenient to have the lines of Savitri forming a sentence to be grouped together and segregated, the wholeness of the poem, obviously, receives a dent. The most famous couplet, golden bridge/luminous heart are from separate sentences and there are many more instances.

Keeping an eye (and ear) on the metrical scansion during recitations is a desirable skill which is liable to be skewed if simultaneous vigil for colons and commas is also exercised. Savitri is so likeable as there are no enjambments; so why create artificial chasms? [TNM]

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