Jean Valentine Writing Styles in Seeing You

Jean Valentine
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Free Verse and Repetition

Using short, usually irregular line lengths and a controlled rhythm, free verse lacks the regular stress pattern, metric feet, and rhyme of traditional verse. Instead of a recurrent beat, the rhythmic effect depends on repetition, balance, and variation of phrases. A poet using free verse may suspend ordinary syntax and increase the control of pace, pauses, and timing. Poets noted for their use of free verse are Walt Whitman, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and e. e. cummings, among many others. In “Seeing You,” Valentine uses irregular line lengths and a controlled rhythm, sometimes unexpectedly stopping the reader once or twice in a line (“Brilliance, at the bottom. Trust you”), while at other times racing through a line, omitting punctuation in places where prose would demand punctuation (“I dove down my mental lake fear and love”). Repetition is the most obvious tool...

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