Tuesday, April 18, 2017
In a dinner with department members and a visiting speaker, someone asked me about versification. What was the equivalent of the Spanish romance? I started to talk about the ballad form, its history and prosody. I cited Robert Burns, My love is like a red red rose. I mentioned that it was the same as the stanza used in many hymns by Isaac Watts. En fin.... They asked me about the Alexandrine... I was like, don't get me started. I could have lectured all night.