Recipes response - Claire Leaden Reading Response 8 After reading the assigned Recipes in the textbook the packet More Repetition Villanelle Pantoum and

Recipes response - Claire Leaden Reading Response 8 After...

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Claire Leaden Reading Response 8 After reading the assigned “Recipes” in the textbook, the packet “More Repetition: Villanelle, Pantoum and Sestina” and “The Ghazel in America,” I have come to think that how closely a writer has to adhere to a set form is truly a matter of opinion. The textbook and first packet teach about set poetic forms and encourage writers to pick and mold the form to their liking. The authors of these two pieces seem to put more emphasis on what the writer wants to accomplish, and gives them the power to change set forms in order to better express what they want to get across. For example, in “More Repetition…” when the author is writing about Martha Collins’ not-so-traditional villanelle they explain, “You have some flexibility in working out your poem, and one of the challenges and pleasures of this form is figuring out variations in your lines. You may want to repeat them exactly as you wrote them the first time, or you may find they need to be altered to fit with what’s developing.” Basically, they emphasize that form

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