No. 29, Venus and Adonis (August 2010)

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Table of Contents

01.     Aphrodite and Adonis, altar relief, Taras (400-375 B.C.)

02.     Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis (part one) (1593)

03.     Titian, Venus and Adonis (c. 1555)

04.     Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis (part two) (1593)

05.     Veronese, Venus and Adonis (1580)

06.     Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis (part three) (1593)

07.     Dulac, Venus and Adonis (1935)

08.     Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis (part four) (1593)

09.     Note

The voice of the reader should sound with the music of the verse, with its form, meter, rhythms and rhymes, as would a singer’s. Poetry, in the rare instances in which it is read on television these days, is invariably accompanied by background music, which indicates just how far we have strayed from even the most rudimentary understanding of poetic form. The music is in the verse, and the only instrument that should accompany reader, singer or actor is the beating of his heart. The condition of reading poetry, whether silently in the head, but above all aloud in the mouth, is the attuning of the heart to its particular form. Only then will the squiggles of ink before us on the page, which are only the score of the poem, find the medium through which they take flight in the human voice.

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