Poetics and Poetry Discussion
(11/7/2013 11:59:00 AM)
This is just stupid prejudice and obfuscation. If we're going to dismiss " verse" as meaning second-rate poetry, we've lost the one clear distinction between poetry and prose: form. Mr. Barr seems to be dismissing all formal poetry by labeling it mere verse (Writers of verse have done their job when they make lines that conform to the chosen meter.) For him, verse becomes poetry only when it is good. This makes no sense.