September 15, 2007
Eng 240 Melissa's Blog Pattern ID
After reading through the early history of poetry, I found that there were patterns in the first non-spoken human languages. The first non-spoken human language I found to contribute to poetic form is making sounds similar to cries. The hominids would cry out for certain experiences that relate to danger or storytelling about an encounter with a leopard. As these cries and gestures evolved and became more advanced, it turned into a way of story telling. Good story telling would be filled with pauses, changes in pace, and amplified noise as opposed to softer noise to symbolize certain parts of the story. These story telling techniques definitely share a relationship to poetry and poetic form today. For example, repetition in cries to convey happiness give a patternlike rhythm to the story, and today repetition is still a frequent poetic form used. We write poetry using repetition to emphasize something we feel and to add rhythm to the poem.
Furthermore, the pauses in these cries and gestures also give rise to poetic form used today. When we recite poetry, or even when we look at poems printed on paper, spacing is a huge technique used to give a rhythm to the poem. It conveys emotion and feeling the way a poem is recited and how it looks on paper. These pauses and spaces are in direct relation to the way that the early humans told stories. Furthermore, gestures is another huge non-spoken human language that remains as a huge technique in poetry. When we recite poetry, our body naturally moves and gestures to how we feel when we say certain parts of the poem. To show emotions of sadness when reciting a poem, ones body gestures in a way much differently than if we were to show excitement and happiness. Already, in early history were gestures a huge part in non-spoken communication and language. And til now, we use it to convey our emotions through language and poetry.
Posted by maxell at September 15, 2007 01:41 PM
Your comments about gerturing bring to mind the poetry of sign language. Examples of rhythmic gesturing may be seen in
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