Exploring the Pleasure and Poetry of Patterns

Why does Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven grab us so? The allure of alliteration, the comfort of habit, the sensation one feels when reading Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman; all these things are fab examples of the power of patterns. This week on TED-Ed, David Silverstein, with the help of illustrator Avi Ofer, explores the pleasure and beauty of poetic pattern, and extrapolates upon highs and lows of repetition, and the challenges of the poet’s delicate dance with rhythm and rhyme. A great watch for any writer – may it inspire you to pick up a pen and weave yourself some poetry today!

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