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On this issue Magma 58 has ‘the music of words’ as its theme and its editors,Laurie Smith and Richard Morris, are delighted with the poems they received. These teem with rhyme, half-rhyme, internal rhyme, echoic effects, alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia, rhythms used in new and exciting as well as traditional ways. Poets have also used musical structures in new ways On this issue Magma 58 has ‘the music of words’ as its theme and its editors,Laurie Smith and Richard Morris, are delighted with the poems they received. These teem with rhyme, half-rhyme, internal rhyme, echoic effects, alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia, rhythms used in new and exciting as well as traditional ways. Poets have also used musical structures in new ways and the music of other languages – Scots, Gaelic, Norfolk dialect, made-up slang, rap, Caribbean patois. Magma 58 has a section of Simon Armitage’s new translation of 'Pearl' by the 14th century writer of 'Sir Gawain and the Green Night'. And Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, has written brilliantly about the magnificent music of Donne’s 'Hymn to God My God in my Sickness' as his favourite poem. Talking of favourite poems, Kathleen Jamie, Ian Duhig, Helena Nelson, John Stammers, Clare Pollard and many others have shared their favourites in an article on Personal anthologies. There’s also an article – Smartpoems – on the promising influence of the new electronic media on poetry; and Amanda Holden, England’s most experienced translator of opera libretti, writes about her work for poets interested in making versions of poems in other languages.


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On this issue Magma 58 has ‘the music of words’ as its theme and its editors,Laurie Smith and Richard Morris, are delighted with the poems they received. These teem with rhyme, half-rhyme, internal rhyme, echoic effects, alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia, rhythms used in new and exciting as well as traditional ways. Poets have also used musical structures in new ways On this issue Magma 58 has ‘the music of words’ as its theme and its editors,Laurie Smith and Richard Morris, are delighted with the poems they received. These teem with rhyme, half-rhyme, internal rhyme, echoic effects, alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia, rhythms used in new and exciting as well as traditional ways. Poets have also used musical structures in new ways and the music of other languages – Scots, Gaelic, Norfolk dialect, made-up slang, rap, Caribbean patois. Magma 58 has a section of Simon Armitage’s new translation of 'Pearl' by the 14th century writer of 'Sir Gawain and the Green Night'. And Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, has written brilliantly about the magnificent music of Donne’s 'Hymn to God My God in my Sickness' as his favourite poem. Talking of favourite poems, Kathleen Jamie, Ian Duhig, Helena Nelson, John Stammers, Clare Pollard and many others have shared their favourites in an article on Personal anthologies. There’s also an article – Smartpoems – on the promising influence of the new electronic media on poetry; and Amanda Holden, England’s most experienced translator of opera libretti, writes about her work for poets interested in making versions of poems in other languages.

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