What Is a Poem?

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What Is a Poem?
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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 11:20am

A poem can mean many different things; some people believe a poem should always rhyme, others believe it should be short.

What does the word poem mean to you? Do you believe poems should be short, like a haiku? Or should it be long, flowing down the page?

Erin
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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 11:46am

Hi Erin,

Do you mean, is there a threshold? A no-go zone, where up to this point it's a poem, but anything over there isn't?

Jackie

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Fri, 03-22-2013 - 10:54am

Hi Erin,

I think that the best way to explain the term "poem" is to imagine music composed of words instead of (musical) notes.  Like musical notess, words in poems are often arranged in a structure with rythm, pleasing  or significant sounds, progressing through the  composition from the beginning to the conclusion - but, like music, this doesn't always happen.

What do you think? How would you answer Jackie's question?

Are you joining us here on PW as a Community Moderator? Are you the Technical Assistant who put the "Paste from Word" feature back so that I was able to post the latest (3rd) revision of my Hungry Student poem without all the formatting code? Thanks to ivillage for doing that, and welcome to PW.

Roberta

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Fri, 03-22-2013 - 3:41pm

adetelyu wrote:

Hi Erin,

Do you mean, is there a threshold? A no-go zone, where up to this point it's a poem, but anything over there isn't?

Jackie

Hi Jackie!

Yes, I'm curious if what you consider a poem is different from what someone else considers to be a poem. For example, would a 5 line poem be more or less a poem to you than a 100 line poem? Or is a 100 line poem no longer a poem and more of a story?

Erin
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Fri, 03-22-2013 - 3:54pm

robertas3 wrote:

Hi Erin,

I think that the best way to explain the term "poem" is to imagine music composed of words instead of (musical) notes. Like musical notess, words in poems are often arranged in a structure with rythm, pleasing or significant sounds, progressing through the composition from the beginning to the conclusion - but, like music, this doesn't always happen.

What do you think? How would you answer Jackie's question?

Are you joining us here on PW as a Community Moderator? Are you the Technical Assistant who put the "Paste from Word" feature back so that I was able to post the latest (3rd) revision of my Hungry Student poem without all the formatting code? Thanks to ivillage for doing that, and welcome to PW.

Roberta

Hi Roberta,

Great analogy!

The moderator who normally handles this board is no longer with us so I'll be filling in for the time being. :) I believe I did speak with you via email about the word pasting. There hasn't been a change, but if it's working, that's great! I know sometimes it's picky with what it does/doesn't accept.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Erin
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Mon, 06-24-2013 - 6:59pm

So sorry dear lady to be so late with my reply, but God and I have different agendas. A poem, IMHO, is words, in any order or format, of any length, of any content, that some poor sod writes after due deliberation and meditation in front of a blank piece of paper, for periods of time, varying from a second to eons, in order to let this mad world into his/her world of stark reality, or fantasy.