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Jefferson Carter Jefferson Carter Male, 91, United States (5/24/2014 1:23:00 PM)

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This is sort of useful. Formal poems on PH seem to do ok with the easy part, rhyming, but totally f**k up the harder and more crucial part, maintaining a powerfully expressive meter. My only quibble is here:

" IV. How to Scan a poem.
Mark....the meter by counting the number of feet, and the kind of feet in the line." It's better to simply read the line, letting stresses fall where they seem natural. Then go back and start counting unstressed and stressed syllables and generating feet.

None of this info about prosody is very useful for open form poems. which employ line and stanza breaks and alliteration for their sonic effects.

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  • Gulsher John (5/25/2014 4:17:00 AM) Post reply

    very true Mr Carter, this is only for wannabe and ESL(like myself)
    helpful only in Formal or traditional poesy. we think (wrongly) that using of rhyming words, few good phrases, couple of metaphors and smilies etc would help our poem.
    anyway there is no charm at all for Free verse Fans.

    p.s. i found one thing on PH especially among ESLs, unnecessarily they(we) r using and posting all positive adjectives even for a crap, unaware of the fact the Poetry is an Art and has to be dealt accordingly.Yer right when taunts us that poetry is not just self expression but something beyond that,

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