A Memory Called Empire Q5: Poetry
A few questions here.
While the book is an exploration of a culture that venerates and practises poetry, there's precious little actual poetry in the book. There are a few instances where Martine's written the odd couplet. The rest is a description of what the poetry means and how it's expressed. It could be an example of "tell, don't show". Does Martine's approach work in this context? Would you have liked more poetry written verbatim?
Martine's thoughts on writing poetry: https://www.torforgeblog.com/2021/01/07/poetry-of-a-memory-called-empire/
Poetry is a medium where the words have multiple meanings and the reader has to interpret them. How does that fit with the politics of the Teixcalaani court, where no-one says what they actually want?
How did the poetry act as being a barrier between native Teixcalaanlitzlim and outsiders like Mahit? What other markers have you seen in fiction to separate cultures?