My name is Jake and this my first official post as a member of the Linescratchers team and I could not be more thrilled about it. To start off I would like to pose a simple question: what is poetry? Is it flowery words? Or fourteen lines about love with a specific rhyme scheme? Maybe even deep thought smashed into a simple text?
Well, if you ask Roman Jakobson, a Russian linguist born in 1896, it is none of these. Poetry, or the poetic function, is simply communicating in a form different then the standard norm or language. For example, if we spoke in rhyme all the time then rhyming sentences would become the norm or standard. Any deviation from this norm, or not rhyming, would be using the poetic function. Poetry is noticed and memorable because it stands out among the background of everyday speaking. I bring this up to point out that poetry is made simply by being different, pushing your way outside the box in order to be seen, and if applied to music, to be heard. Continue reading “An Introduction: Poetic Function and Music”