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Cassie C Female, 28, United States (4/29/2005 8:57:00 PM)

I find that strict adherence rhythm and rhyme schemes is often the reason for 'lazy' poetry. It gives poets an excuse for not finding that perfect word, for diluting their meaning with cliches and folk sayings.
Free form takes away the excuses.

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  • Cliff Matthews (5/25/2005 9:50:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    Any poetry that contains cliche is likely to be a poor poem whether in free form or metre.

    I find that the exact opposite of your contention to be more common. Many 'poets' adopt free form because they think in this form anything goes. They are equally wrong of course as those who think that all a poem has to do is hit a rhyme form and they are home and dry.

    Consistent metre, rhythm or rhyme are necessarily more difficult to maintain than poetry which doesn't have to consider these three aspcts closely.The standards for good poetry remain high no matter what the chosen form.

    Clearly, free form gives the greatest scope for a lazy poet.

    Poetry is not a matter of finding that perfect word. Truth can only be approached with words, it cannot be captured. Perfection is unacheivable.

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    • Eric Paul Shaffer (6/30/2005 10:29:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      Lazy poets are never in short supply, and if one insists on drawing that line between them, there are plenty of lazy poets who write rhyme and plenty who write free verse. There is no way, really, ... more

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