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the Nature of Poetry (in response to Blondie's challenge)

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John Yaws
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0 posted 11-30-1999 03:02 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

Poetry must have the power
To drive a meaning home-
Yet be as soft, ephemeral-
As frothy, airy foam...
That it impose no harsh constraints
Upon the heart and mind..
And therefore easy entrance-
Into our thoughts may find.

But wait! there also must needs be
A strength, a form...you see-
To demarcate the difference
‘Twixt prose and poetry.
In spite of modern clamor
In which I place no stock.
Criteria for poetry
Are solid as a rock.

Free verse, Haiku, may have their place-
And so may modern art.
But lilt and rhyme, and tone and time
Are still dear to the heart.
To memorize may take some time-
Off of the poet’s clock
Make poetry as soft as foam-
Yet solid as the rock.

oh, well, I tried. Not an easy subject at all. :-)

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Live large, people!
~GS~
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1 posted 11-30-1999 03:47 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Well, I'll say you tried! Don't wait for me, or anyone else, to top this. Terrific work!
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2 posted 11-30-1999 04:41 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Bravo, GS!!!!
RainbowGirl
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3 posted 11-30-1999 05:08 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Well done...I couldn't think of a single thing..if I was wearing a hat, I'd take it off to you..

HUGS

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There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it...
Blondie
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4 posted 11-30-1999 05:34 PM       View Profile for Blondie   Email Blondie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Blondie

That was wonderful! You did a great job with this topic...and it gave me some wonderful ideas.
Nan
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5 posted 11-30-1999 06:41 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

This poem foams!!!...I mean it rocks!!!...



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Martie
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6 posted 11-30-1999 10:58 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Free verse
is something from my heart
a lilting song, a tapestry,
a flowing butterfly
upon a hill of feeling art.
 
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