Typed letter, December 27, 1981, on poetry and prosody. Robert Creeley.
Typed letter, December 27, 1981, on poetry and prosody

Typed letter, December 27, 1981, on poetry and prosody

A generous letter written to someone who clearly was starting out as a poet and had some basic questions for Creeley, who took the time and care to answer at length, first defining what poetry is ('poetry is language charged with meaning to the highest degree'), the place of rhyme in poetry ('any parallel structure, in a poem, whether of sounds, of syntactical pattern, or even of thought, is a form of rhyming...so that's what we're talking about: how the beat gets set.'), and how Creeley came to write poetry (I did write in highschool, but stories as I remember. I only wrote poems later in college.'). As the long correspondence between Olson and Creeley can attest, Creeley was an amazing letter writer, and this Letter to a Young Poet captures a warmth and magnanimity of spirit not often associated with him. Typed on the back of a flyer for an Unmuzzled OX poetry reading in NYC. Very Good. Item #H281

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