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(10/28/2013 5:26:00 PM)
Hi Lamont, thank you for welcoming me to the forum yesterday I've only just got back to reply.
I'm grateful for your constructive criticism, I hope I can improve.
(10/27/2013 3:43:00 PM)
I am not Lamont, Quite happy-to stand my own corner. you sound quite harsh in your comments, and obviously feel strongly about The subject which I respect. However the fact you feel my views are dated, does not make them any less valid.
I took on board what you said about reading " Free Verse" An Essay On Prosody" by Charles Hartman. Having read the first chapter I am not converted, but find it an interesting other point of view. I will reserve judgement when I have given it a fair chance.
(10/27/2013 12:47:00 PM)
There are several works in the poetry contest which demonstrates what I have felt for some time, that there is a general misinterpretation of what constitutes poetry or verse.
The English language is superlative in being able to express one’s feelings and emotions, poetry being the ultimate form. With poetry however, it has to conform to certain criteria otherwise it is just prose.
A poem does not have to have rhyme, but it needs a beat, metre or cadence to give a sense of rhythm. The English language is particularly suitable for blank verse if it is used with the “iambic pentameter “’that is five beats to the line. Chaucer in the twelfth century first demonstrated this in his “ Canterbury Tales”. Shakespeare and John Milton brought it to its Ultimate perfection.
Free verse is not blank verse. Indeed this is my contention in what I am writing here. I personally feel that no matter how sincere and passionate the words are, if they do not conform to the above then it is not poetry but prose. It is also not very good prose, because it is disjunctive. Just because somebody writes a line that is heartfelt, and then on the next line writes something else does not make it poetry. At best one could say it is a list of aphorisms, or it is a list of statements, but not poetry.