For poetry lovers, we have a series of blogs, Poetry Lessons, guest-hosted by Emily R. Dunn of Writers Ink Books. Visit our page on every multiple of 7 (7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th) to see which poem has inspired a lesson in thinking and writing.
We have a simple poetry lesson about counting down for love with Lynne Alvarez’ “She loved him all her life”.
She loved him all her life
and when she thought he might die
she tied her wrist to his at night
so that his pulse would not flutter
away from her suddenly
and leave her standed
No punctuation; it’s not needed.
No special repetition or figurative language; it’s the simple story of long love.
What makes this worthy of a poetry lesson, even a short one? Count the syllables per line.
A syllable goes missing. It departed. As he departed and left her half complete (the symbolic meaning of 5).
This poem always brings tears to my eyes.
And the value to poets: the use of simple numbers to create a revelatory structure.
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