Resonance Poetry -- What it is - and isn't
As I explain briefly in the course syllabus, plain-speech
resonance poetry is characterized by the quiet techniques that yield
the poetry of common speech. Frost referred to what he was
attempting as “the sound of sense.” Through it, the literal tones
and tunes, the over-sounds of ordinary human talk, “the abstract
vitality of our speech,” become transformed, alchemically, into
formula of simplicity in plain-speech poetic communication, finding
poetic expression within a common style driven by passions to discover
and communicate, is often elusive. Staying within its form
requires that the poet focus on the need to communicate as
conversation, not as performance, not as formality. The persona
that the poet assumes is just another one of the folks being addressed,
and the poet always remains within the circle of audience as the poetry
unfolds. The poet discards the cloak of poetic formality, forsakes the
forms of fragment-poetry that make up a lot of the current culture’s
At the same time, plain-speech resonance poetry transcends common
speech. Within its rhythms, and usually as it threads through a
story-narrative, a successful poem manages to present the poet's unique
take on things, the metaphors and figures that elevate it, the
sublimity that causes poetry to soar.
2007, in a keynote presentation at an international conference on
consciousness and the arts, in the U.K., I defined the
term. Here you can read my academic paper that covers the
topic. It was
later published in the U.K. as a chapter in Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the
Arts: 2007 (Cambridge Scholars Press (England) 2008 (Daniel
formal poetry with the "plain-speech rsonance" of the poetry in modern
mode "hidden" within her correspondence.
Dylan Thomas oratorically-styled
poetry, with his rare lapses into the "plain-speech resonance" mode.
The Irony Zone. This is an article
I wrote a long time ago. It doesn't pertain directly to poetry,
but it discusses the common ground we all share as humans, even though
humans usually get into trouble by not recognizing it's there.
This article expands the scope of "irony" beyond its usual
bounds. You'll probably find that reading it will facilitate even
better comfort for you when you write plain-speech poetry. For
me, it's just about the core of my own human interaction value system.