Thursday, April 8, 2010

I was surprised by Sonnet 56. By its wit, by its accessibility, and by its creativity. One would expect to get bored after 56 re-iterations of one poem, but the mistake in that assumption is to think that it is the poem that’s really doing the entertaining, that it's the content which draws the attention. With this book, that is not true. Instead it is viewing the creativity of re-interpretation. In a way, it is a meta-commentary on the actual content, expressed through the different approaches. Which each alternative poetic style there is two dialogs. The first is the commentary on the original poem as approached by the way it is forced into this new format. Then there is the commentary on the format that has been chosen that time, seen by almost the exact same thing. So, approached from that standpoint, it is the way the content is manipulated that creates these dialogs.

This style to me is inspiring because it transcends poetry. Really it is applicable to so many things, beyond even just art. Prose, music, visual arts, can all have these dual dialogs that open up, reflect, and explore the original material. But even engineering can have this. With engineering you have a problem and you must solve it. But imagine you have the same problem and you solve it, but you are told “Ok, solve it a different way”, by being forced to take a different tack, you are examining the issue from a different angle, and thus learn more.

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