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Linda Pastan - Prosody 101

When they taught me that what mattered most
was not the strict iambic line goose-stepping
over the page but the variations
in that line and the tension produced
on the ear by the surprise of difference,
I understood yet didn't understand
exactly, until just now, years later
in spring, with the trees already lacy
and camellias blowsy with middle age,
I looked out and saw what a cold front had done
to the garden, sweeping in like common language,
unexpected in the sensuous
extravagance of a Maryland spring.
There was a dark edge around each flower
as if it had been outlined in ink
instead of frost, and the tension I felt
between the expected and actual
was like that time I came to you, ready
to say goodbye for good, for you had been
a cold front yourself lately, and as I walked in
you laughed and lifted me up in your arms
as if I too were lacy with spring
instead of middle aged like the camellias,
and I thought: so this is Poetry!

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Poet: Linda Pastan
Poem: Prosody 101

Comment 6 of 6, added on December 29th, 2011 at 5:24 AM.
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must look at this for less online

Fremenicolasa from United States
Comment 5 of 6, added on June 5th, 2011 at 4:54 PM.

Heeeeeeeyyyyyy I found this while taking the SAT Subject Tests as well . . . & after time was called scrawled down a line of the poem on my Admission Ticket so that I could Google it once I got home! I am amazed to see that I am not the only one whom the poem touched.

Naomi Fields from United States
Comment 4 of 6, added on June 4th, 2011 at 5:21 PM.

haha I found this during the SAT II also!

Gina from United States

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