A Shen Yun Review: ‘I Love the Dance’ The Society December 8, 2016 Beauty, Culture, Poetry, Rondeau 8 Comments A rondeau on Shen Yun Performing Arts By Evan Mantyk I love the dance that can exalt The human form without a fault, Demeanor grand, inspiring pose; They’re swift yet seem in sweet repose And all my troubled thoughts they halt. Then when as one they somersault It’s like a mighty thunderbolt; My heart entranced then clearly knows I love the dance. Their order raised from life’s tumult Brings us with them in one great vault Above to where true beauty grows And elegance like water flows; And though it’s brief, as a result I love the dance. Evan Mantyk is President of the Society of Classical Poets and teaches literature and history in the Hudson Valley of New York. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 8 Responses Neal Dachstadter December 8, 2016 Highly effective and suitable use of the word halt in a similarly halting line. Evokes thoughts of my favorite cousin dancing in the Nutcracker, Carmina Burana, and I think Swan Lake. Can’t recall whether or not she was in that third one. I took the posters around downtown to publicize the first two though. In any case, the dance of the 4 Swans approaches universality. Reply sathyanarayana December 8, 2016 The test of a Rondeau is whether it’s sounding lyrical. In fact lyrical quality is of paramount importance while composing metrical verses of any type. This poem is so rich, plain in expression and clear in diction. A very sweet treat indeed for lovers of true poetry. Reply Michael Dashiell December 8, 2016 It makes a graceful poem in honor of the dance. I like the line “And tolerance like water flows”. It also shows skill using triple rhymes. Reply Carol Smallwood December 8, 2016 Thank you very much for including what kind of poetry (rondeau). I hope someone tells how to write this wonderful form. Reply Evan December 8, 2016 Thank you, Carol, as well as Michael, Sathya, and Neal! You can click on “rondeau” in the dedication line or click here: http://classicalpoets.org/how-to-write-a-rondeau-in-flanders-fields/ Reply Ruth December 9, 2016 I love the dance too; and appreciate this tribute which well expresses the extremes of dramatic power and gentle beauty to be found there; the feeling that such visual harmony while it lasts seems to convey – carrying the nature of humanity to touch something higher. Reply James Sale December 9, 2016 I love the dance – too!! Love that refrain – it’s so good, I think some more poetry could follow from this excellent piece. Reply Dona Fox December 26, 2016 You’ve inspired me to go see the dance. I believe it will be in my town soon. I was given a schedule and an origami flower. Thank you for the rondeau. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.