Pinsky's statement about poetry being more a part of us than we realize:
"The medium for a poem is the human body." brought to mind an article in
Scientific American online.
"Reciting the Iliad could have epic effects on your health. German
physiologists have recently shown that such poetry can get your heart
beating in time with your breaths. This synchronization may improve gas
exchange in the lungs as well as the body's sensitivity and responsiveness
to blood pressure changes."
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=00075241-741B-1150-B36283414B7F0000 And from:http://www.healthfinder.gov/news/newsstory.asp?docID=520239 "Even in its German translation, The Odyssey is written in acomplicated rhythmic formula called dactylic hexameter, in which each of thesix sections of a line of poetry include a long syllable followed by a longsyllable, a short syllable or two short syllables.According to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia.com, here's an example of adactylic hexameter: "Down in a/deep dark/hole sat an/old pig/munching a/beanstalk." I find reading or listening to The Four Quartets relaxing. I have noidea if any of Eliot's poetry falls into the rhythmic formula calleddactylic hexameter.I am sure there are list members who do know.Regards, Dorothy----- Original Message -----From: "Joshua Goldstein" <[log in to unmask]>> Robert Pinsky gave a lecture at Maryland Wednesday. . .. He spent sometime discussing the nature of poetry and how it is more a part of us than werealize: "The medium for a poem is the human body." > Josh G