Part 10, cont - Two Contemporary Poems, "Lune", rhythm


The rhythm brings out the spirit of the poem (illustration 10). The eleventh line “after eating cereal in the middle of the night” is the longest line in the poem. Most of the other lines – except the few that are 1 foot long -- are 4-9 feet long, but line 11 is fourteen. The longer line draws my attention to it while reading the poem. I have to physically keep my eyes on that place longer than any other. In this line, many things are happening. The speaker goes from describing what is around to identifying when this observation is occurring, “the middle of the night.”