Poetry and rhythm III – Poesía y ritmo III

There is no rhythm without measure, without proportion (the ‘geometry of music’ in Platonic terms), thus without a rule of ‘law’. Chaos (amorphous, the unformed) is what was there before Creation, before poetry; it is still "there", and the poet must bring his creation – idea, sentiment or image – out of nothing, as it were, that is, from the formeless to the formed, investing it with the musicality of language.
No hay ritmo sin medida, sin proporción (la ‘geometría de la música’ en términos platónicos), por tanto sin una ‘ley’ o norma. El caos (lo amorfo, sin forma) es lo que había antes de la Creación, antes de la poesía; es ‘ahí’ donde aún reside, y el poeta ha de llevar a cabo su creación – idea, sentimiento o imagen – como si fuera desde la nada, es decir, desde lo "informal" a lo que tiene forma, invistiéndolo con la musicalidad del lenguaje.

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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