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free verse is not poetry

shakuntala
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11/24/2014 7:35:48 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
This work by Australias leading erotic poet colin leslie dean shows
free verse is not poetry
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poetry is writing which has rhythm ie metre
free verse has no rhythm therefore it is not poetry
if you disagree please tell us what the difference between free verse and prose is
LBPrunty
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12/1/2014 4:12:25 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Free verse poetry is, in fact, a form of poetry.

The definition from Merriam-Webster is as follows: "writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm."

The definition from dictionary.com is "the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts" and the definition in the Oxford Dictionary is "literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature."

All three definitions include the need for rhythm but the first also includes meaning and sound.

All three also say that poetry must provoke some sort of imaginative or creative thought.

With this in mind, free verse poetry is very subjective as to if it provokes thoughts or emotions and that decision is up to the reader.

However, "Lighght" is a poem by Aram Saroyan and is considered to be one of the worlds shortest poems. The entire poem is this "lighght."

This single word is not repeated and it the only thing on the page but it is still a poem.

In fact, it is not even a word it is just "light" spelled with a second "gh."
Gentorev
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12/8/2014 11:00:00 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 12/1/2014 4:12:25 PM, LBPrunty wrote:
Free verse poetry is, in fact, a form of poetry.

The definition from Merriam-Webster is as follows: "writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm."

The definition from dictionary.com is "the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts" and the definition in the Oxford Dictionary is "literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature."

All three definitions include the need for rhythm but the first also includes meaning and sound.

All three also say that poetry must provoke some sort of imaginative or creative thought.:
With this in mind, free verse poetry is very subjective as to if it provokes thoughts or emotions and that decision is up to the reader.

However, "Lighght" is a poem by Aram Saroyan and is considered to be one of the worlds shortest poems. The entire poem is this "lighght."

This single word is not repeated and it the only thing on the page but it is still a poem.

If that is classified as Free Verse, then it is no wonder, that when the average Australian is asked to name their favourite poet, the greater majority, will answer, either Banjo Paterson or Henery Lawson. But when asked who is their favourite author of free verse, they remain silent.

I for one, do not classify free verse as poetry. Short stories? Yes, poetry? Never.
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