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A Reading group that combines the joy of reading with adaptations of books in various media; film, theatre, radio plays etc. Our reading material: the classics, science fiction, crime, literature, non-fiction - in short from Asimov to Zola and everything between. We meet every 2 weeks (flexible depending on groups availability), discussing the current read while reading it. We talk about the book and bring to the discussion supplementary material relevant to the author and/or story or period. Our aim is to lift the words off the page to enjoy and experience the author’s creation in a multitude of ways.

Tuesday 22 January 2013

The Poetry of Dune

Frank Herbert was a poet at heart. Weather he wrote in prose or verse the poet shone through in his writing. In his forward to The Road To Dune Bill Ransom states:

"Frank believed poetry to be the finest distillation of the language weather written in open or closed form" 

and again further on in the forward:

"Frank believed poetry was the apex of human language..." 

In a letter to a friend (sometime after writing Dune)  Herbert described his style of writing. One line demonstrates his love and need for poetry when writing:

"Much of the prose in Dune started out as Haiku and then was given minimal additional word padding to make it conform to normal English structure."
---The Road To Dune (2005) by B. Herbert & K. J. Anderson

In Book I of Dune there is a great poem recited by Jessica:

'I remember salt smoke from a beach fire
And shadows under the pines - 
Solid, clean...fixed - 
Seagulls perched at the tip of land.
White upon green...
And a wind comes through the pines
To sway the shadows;
The seagulls spread their wings,
And fill the sky with screeches.
And I hear the wind
Blowing across our beach,
And the surf,
And I see our fire
Has scorched the seaweed'


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