When the publisher sent review copies for advance comments, one writer who frequently judges contests said that much of my verse is syllabic. There's a section of sonnets in the front part of the book, first chapter. But she was talking about poems that I basically consider free verse.
I realized that I base many line breaks on sound. As I read the poem aloud, there seems to be a natural place where the line should break. I don't measure stresses for the sake of uniformity in free verse.
Do any of you have opinions on syllabic verse? My Princeton states that some critics don't believe syllabic verse is verse at all. I've read that Mark Strand keeps the number of stresses in each line in mind in his own work.
I'd love any feedback you might offer on this.
**Sorry. I just noticed Alicia's thread, "Count on it." I didn't realize the content until I read the thread.
[This message has been edited by kday1 (edited September 07, 2003).]