Sunday, September 19, 2021

Hearing melody and meter in what my children say

My children have always been struck by how I take things they say and start to sing them or repeat them. Often they use phrases that have been used in songs, such as "a long time ago", which my mind immediately turns into "a long, long time ago" from "American Pie". Or they'll use phrases with a noticeable rhythm, as just happened while Luisa was driving a few minutes ago: "I thought I knew the person on the bike." I heard the iambic pentameter, repeated the sentence, and added a next line: "And so I didn't see the light turn green." Luckily, no one was behind us to honk at her. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 19 September 2021)


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