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Offline Lali

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Characterizations of a poem
« on: November 26, 2004, 05:19:29 AM »
What defines a poem as a poem? What are the characteristics of a poem? Are there any set of specific rules that must be followed in order for a piece to be called poetry? Also, how important is rhyming?

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Re: Characterizations of a poem
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2004, 12:54:45 PM »
Depends there are many types of poems...from Haiku (a 17 syllable poem, consiting of one line 5 syllables, 7 syllables and 5 syllables.  Made famous by The samaurai of Japan)

This is my rifle
While there are many like it
This one is mine


Then you have a sonnet, popularized by William Shakespeare and revered as true love poetry.

I found these impossible to write.  14 lines, every other syllable is accented.  (But I checked and maybe in olde english you could accent every other syllable but I crackeda dictionary, and to do it and retain any flow is nearly impossible.  But maybe thats me)


Fre verse is most popular among the beatniks.

Keep a rhythym to it, but no rhyme scheme or defined sentence structure.

The sun Rose in the east
A blinding flash obliterated my sight
How like a man whose eyes agone
My mind revels in the serenity of seeing no more

(Or some such crap)

Still The most popular form of poetry is a rhyme scheme of, a,a, b, b, a  (which is the first second and last lines rhyme, and the 3rd and 4th lines rhyme...you may know this under another name... Limerick)

There was a man from nantucket
Whose ...

well you get the point ;)

There have bee na few poems posted here, and I suppose by request others might post more... but you would have to preced it with your own first ;)


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Re: Characterizations of a poem
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2004, 03:50:35 PM »
I think it's a subjective thing - if you call something a poem then it is one, or so it seems to me.  Personally, I only consider something as being a poem if it's got a rhyming scheme.  If it hasn't got one then I don't really understand it, but that's my mental block, and the majority of people would (rightly) disagree.  Occasionally I'll read a freeform poem and think it was good, but it's pretty rare that I find one I like.  I think Jack Kerouac (however it's spelt) put me off poetry for life :D

But to answer your question - I dunno :scratch: ;D  I think it's down to personal preference and whatever floats your boat :)
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Re: Characterizations of a poem
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2005, 08:47:59 AM »
I know this is an old topic.  However, it might amuse you - it did me - to know that apparently, British academics can only agree on one valid criterion for poetry: that it's a piece of writing in which the author has determined the line-breaks, whereas in prose, the line breaks are determined by the width of the paper.  They fell out over every other possible definition!

I press 'return', therefore I am a poet!  :lol:

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Re: Characterizations of a poem
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2005, 03:05:58 PM »
:fugly:  Sounds about right :grin:
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