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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Poetics Movement 5

Movement 5 is based on a cinquain, which is an American Poem invented by Adelaide Crapsey. It is five lines long and uses a syllable count of 2,4,6,8,2 to determine the line breaks. Three possible variants are mirror 2,4,6,8,2,4,6,8,2; butterfly 2,3,6,8,2,2,4,6,8,2; and reversal 2,8,6,4,2. I combined mirror and reversal in my poem therefore creating a syllable count of 2,4,6,8,2,8,6,4,2.


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Soft hugs
Warm caresses
Words of deep affection
Your beauty ignites my senses
Can my thoughts be echoed by you?
How can I let you know
What my heart feels?
Don’t know

The syllable count is reflected in the number of notes in each phrase with the exception of measures 13-16 and 30-end where I repeat the two syllable (note) phrase "don't know" four more times to add to the uncertainty. M. 17 begins a repeated variant of the poem as the music was too short without it. I tried to keep the music mostly homophonic in order to not obscure the syllable (note) count, but it also serves the purpose of creating a calm, contemplative movement that is in contrast to the other movements of the piece. The only place I depart form the homophonic style is in measures 8-10 and 25-27 as these sections are canonic reflecting the words "Can my thoughts be echoed by you?"

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As always, your comments are appreciated.

Dr. B

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