I hope you realize that I'm only razzin' you b/c you know WAY more about this than I do, and seem to like discussing it openly. This is sort of like getting a class for free, and I LOVE it! And I'm sorry if I led the conversation away from Gibran... it wasn't my intent. Maybe we should start a new thread...?
And I agree, V-- PL knows her chops, and I too would love to be a student in one of her classes (but then, being in this forum, I can be!)
Also, if my questions sound simplistic or black-and-whitish, it's only b/c I'm tring to clarify positions and give us a starting point. I didn't mean to accuse you of being a "thou shalt have no other Meter before pentameter" type. I was just trying to get to the meat of my question, which has more to do with how people from different (sub-)cultures hear the "same" language.