Neil Hester

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Friday, December 19, 2008

In Love (Features)

Yes, yes, I've been gone for awhile now. Some combination of schoolwork, music, and social time has prevented me, I suppose. Anyhow, I just finished taking my last final, so I'm more or less free, schoolwise. Anthony and Jess have featured poems lately, and they're both excellent, so I suggest that you jump over and read:

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Her Kansas by Jessica Schneider

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Cheetah Conceived in Circuiting Speed by Anthony Zanetti

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Now, to continue the run of features- I've been writing more love poetry than usual as of late, and it helps to read both classical and modern approaches to the subject. Love is undoubtedly the most worn topic of poetry, so it's easy to write badly or boringly about it, since it possesses no originality in itself; you have to take a unique approach. I posted one entry on love poems almost two years ago, where I highlighted a few of my favorites. Here's another:

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In Love

The only word is Love. It is what binds
things more securely than the o and v,
which are bereft without the l and e
to give them structure, if not grand design.
Nothing is permanent, as Love proves this
so, as well the uselessness of Beauty,
without Love to engage it. Can you see
the parallel? Love is just what it is,
as well is Beauty, which mouths the full o,
which sounds like a u (the short vowel sound),
to become part of the structure that grounds
only what matters to those, in the know,
  who see what is loosened by loveless minds
  unable to ask: Where did Beauty go?

By Dan Schneider

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Did I mention something about unique approaches? First, we get a comparison between the binding power of Love and letters of "love". Then the relationship between Love and Beauty is introduced, but it's not the typical "I love you, (because) you're beautiful" relationship; "Beauty is useless without Love" is far more dramatic and unusual. Structurally, it's interesting how well the observations about the nature of Love and the spelling/phonetics of love tie into each other. Combine that with great music (side note on rhyme: the phrase "Love proves" strikes me as interesting, because "love" and "prove" are often used with each other as end rhymes [after all, there are only so many things you can match with "love"], but in this poem the two words are right next to each other), and you've got a highly atypical and wonderful love sonnet.

In other news, I got into Rice University, but I probably won't be going due to money issues. I'll probably attend a public university for my undergrad, then move to some prestigious location for grad school.

I suppose it's December. I really ought to go Christmas shopping.

Take Care,
~Neil