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Gulsher John Gulsher John Male, 69, Pakistan (11/6/2013 8:01:00 PM)

by John Barr: poetry foundation


Efforts to define the difference between poetry and verse (like efforts to define the difference between poetry and prose) have been with us for a long time. Verse is often a term of disparagement in the poetry world, used to dismiss the work of people who want to write poetry but don’t know how. Verse, in this usage, means unsophisticated or poorly written poetry. But quality of writing is not the real difference between the two. Yes, there is plenty of poorly written verse out there, but there is also plenty of poorly written poetry—and sometimes the verse is the better crafted.

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  • Rookie - 592 Points Jefferson Carter (11/7/2013 12:02:00 PM) Post reply
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    Barr burbles, " quality of writing is not the real difference between the two (verse and poetry) . Yes, there is plenty of poorly written verse out there, but there is also plenty of poorly written poetry." This is absolutely SENSELESS! ! !

  • Rookie - 247 Points Laughing@ You (11/7/2013 10:01:00 AM) Post reply

    Fair enough

  • Freshman - 1,020 Points Peter Stavropoulos (11/7/2013 3:02:00 AM) Post reply

    Apposite post. Thanks, Gulsher.

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