The Poem; A Critical Anthology

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Talking becomes poetry as walking becomes dancing. It takes on a form to give shape to a mood or idea. As the steps in dance do not merely follow one after another but are grouped, accented, and repeated, so the words in poetry are grouped by stresses, the stresses by lines. The foot, or beat, is a measure for verbal lines as for spatial ones. Such measure in language designs a close formal pattern.