Chant Notes

Jezzie G

Probably as old as poetry itself, the Chant is considered to be the first form that poetry took. Chants employ repetitive lines to form a type of chant effect. How frequent the repeated line is the poet’s choice.

Example

Santa Carla by Robert Lee Brewer

He can see all the birds lift from the grass;
there’s another missing child on the radio.

The trees appear to be covered in glass;
there’s another missing child on the radio.

He knows the many shades of wrong and right;
there’s another missing child on the radio.

If there’s a city waiting in the night,
there’s another missing child on the radio.

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