At 10:05 PM 6/7/2001 -0400, Marcia wrote:
>she still has to visually process the marks on the
> > page and imagine the words that she reads. In sequence.
> Your last two words above interest me. Do you think readers (I'm
>interested in literate ones who read because they want to) necessarily
>read the poems in poetry books in order?
No, I'd bet nine out of ten poetry readers would agree, they read them
by jumping around. My "in sequence" did not refer to that but to the visual
ordering of the printed language. Even people like me who read magazines
and darn near everything else out of order must read sentences--and
words--in the order presented. I'll bet not a single person reading this
message started with this sentence before the "No.." etc. And ultimately (I
think) a reader must reimagine the words aurally to understand them as
words. I don't think you can speed read a poem. Hence the efficacy of the