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Other than forms of writing, what do you define as poetry, or a poem? Using these "definitions", describe what "your type of poetry" would be.

I personally feel that poetry is any form of feeling molded into a work of art. My type of poetry is in the form of my short stories and casual debating (in other words, arguing).

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1 posted 11-10-2007 03:03 AM       View Profile for TomMark   Email TomMark   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for TomMark

I shall agree on whatever Sir Essorant's definiiton.
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2 posted 11-10-2007 03:34 AM       View Profile for Connel   Email Connel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Connel

Words written from emotion; I classify nothing else as poetry, not to me. But poetry can range from many descriptions depending on the person.

Personally, I dwell in pain. The words seem realer.

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Poetry for whom?  If we're talking about effusions, poetry can be whatever you like.  It's for yourself.  You need please only yourself, and that's enough, isn't it?

     If were's talking about poetry as therapy, then all you need worry about is if your poetry has helped you achieve the emotional release you've been looking for.  If it has, then no matter what else it is, it's poetry and it's worked and that's fine.

     Where things get sticky is if you want your poetry actually to be read by those complicated, frustrating and demanding other people in the world.  That's when you have to be careful to be very clear that whatever else you are doing, you are writing for an audience.  This means that you must subordinate whatever else you do to making what you write too interesting to put down.  Even when your effusions are fascinating to you, or what you say provides you personally with a wonderful release of emotion, these narcissistic jollies must be be excluded to the extent they get in the way of your reader geting from one word to the next.  That's the art of it.  If you want poetry as art, that's probably where you want to look.

     The great enemy is narcissism, which covers everything you do with a blinding lustre which obscures what's actually there.  Because you've written them, the most appalling turns of phrase may be invisible.  People are often too polite to point them out or too confounded because of your own defensiveness.  After all, you're only standing up for yourself, right?

     I notice I'm foaming at the mouth.  The subject tends to get me going.  Sorry.   BobK
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4 posted 11-11-2007 10:39 PM       View Profile for Juju   Email Juju   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Juju's Home Page   View IP for Juju

Poetry is words that convey both a theme and a purpose. As for structure, there are different structures and ways to write poetry, so it really depends on the reader.  Usually the more skill the poet has the better the poem. (:


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5 posted 11-12-2007 01:06 PM       View Profile for Essorant   Email Essorant   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Essorant's Home Page   View IP for Essorant

Poetry is the language when it is heightened with special attributes such as meter and rhyme, special vocabulary, et cetera.
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