(3/22/2005 7:47:00 PM)
Whoa, this is completely too restrictive. Why should a poem entertain? Is it necessary for it to? What of creating a feeling of discomfort in the participant?
A poem does not need to have a definite ending. I create poems from time to time in a graphical representation that do no have a defined beginning or ending, allowing the reader to choose the jumping off points.
Education is not necessary as well. The reader does not need to gain information from a poem, rather a poem should act as an input to the soul and emotions, rahter than being purely cerebral. Granted the reader can take something away with them, but it is not necessary.
Ugh to attempt to create rules for poetry is vile.