Wednesday, August 21, 2013


From Dr. Godsave's Creative Writing course:

What makes a poem a poem? Like any art form, a poem is that does the poet declare. Some poetry is beautiful noise, relying on rhythm and alliteration to convey the poet’s purpose. Other poetry is emotionally evocative, using carefully chosen words and phrases to pierce the heart of the reader. Still more poetry uses the art of imagery to create an impression. However, what all poetry has in common is depth; or, the quality of being more than the sum of its parts. Whether sound, sentiment, or image, poetry is intended to get inside of the reader. My poem is a poem because I say it is, and because my purpose is to provoke the reader.

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