As described by Ball, his poetry was an attempt to return to the innermost alchemy of the word” to create a new language outside conventionality. Ball created sound poems, combining literary and musical composition as an emphasis on the role of human speech in the recitation of the text. The art of sound poetry is focused on phonetics rather than semantics or syntax. Ball’s sound poems were intended to disconnect completely from any coherent language.
Born: 22 February 1886, Pirmasens, Germany
Died: 14 September 1927, Sant’Abbondio, Switzerland
Ball was an author, poet, and founder of the Dada movement in 1916. He was a pioneer in the development of sound poetry