Here’s a poem by D. H. Lawrence called “Kissing and Horrid Strife.” I suspect fiction and nonfiction prose writers will turn a blind eye, but they would be wrong and self-defeating to do so. The Ur-essay behind all my teaching and writing is called “The Novel is a Poem” (in my book Notes Home from a Prodigal Son). You need to be able to see that repetition and patterning informs all successful writing; repetition is the art in writing. So take a look and compare this reading with the others I have posted here.
Wow – well done, Doug. I try to convince my fiction students that they should study poetry carefully to see fiction tools used under more compression…next time, I’ll point them to this close analysis. Thanks.
Thank you, Julie. This is a high compliment coming from a poet. 🙂
I liked the punchline, title; it made me laugh out loud when I got to -into- it in the poem.