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The thing about reading poetry out loud is that it reminds me of nothing so much as reading prayers, which i well understand as a native Hebrew speaker. Surprisingly, though, (especially as an English major in college) I never made this connection until I read your post. Thank you.

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I heard from another friend whose father is both a poet and a chazan!! The linkage is very real; think about about much of our liturgy is written in acrostic or repetitive form as it pre-dates written copies.

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