By Helen Addison Howard

ISBN-10: 0805772715

ISBN-13: 9780805772715

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After summer rains had moistened the earth, each family planted its field of corn. For many nights thereafter, the Papago farmer walked around his plot, "singing up the corn" with the appropriate song to encourage the growth of various stages of the plant.

Trees we see, long the line of trees, Bending, swaying in the breeze. Bright with flashing light yonder distant line Alice Cunningham Fletcher (1838-192S) 51 Runs before us, swiftly runs, swift the river runs, Winding, flowing o'er the land. Hark. Oh, hark. A sound, yonder distant sound Comes to greet us, singing comes, soft the river's song, Rippling gently 'neath the trees (italics added). T h e smooth, flowing rhythm is partly effected by variations in the repetition of the second line of each stanza, as indicated by the italics.

Oh, hark. A sound, yonder distant sound Comes to greet us, singing comes, soft the river's song, Rippling gently 'neath the trees (italics added). T h e smooth, flowing rhythm is partly effected by variations in the repetition of the second line of each stanza, as indicated by the italics. This variety of repetition, found throughout the poem, is simple: it is the iterative type, in which the repetitions reappear either at the opening or close of each stanza; double, where the story-phrase and the b u r d e n or refrain are repeated; and reduplicating, which consists in repeating the syllable, as the stem, for emphasis, or the last syllable when it is used to complete the measure.

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