Irene ClarkHogg


Art Of Poetry.......The - Poem by Irene ClarkHogg

Many teachers are destroying poetry.
We are losing what was once an art.
It is not just prose cut into lines;
But a form of writing quite apart.

They encourage their pupils to spill out words,
Without rhythm and without form,
Lacking meter or any structure;
So only chaos is now the norm.

They have even persuaded compilers
Of dictionaries to define as a word
Prose-poetry: an oxymoron.
Such nonsense can now be heard.

Perhaps a symptom of modern society,
In which anything will do.
Do you wish to write prose or poetry?
The choice, my dears, is up to you.


Comments about Art Of Poetry.......The by Irene ClarkHogg

  • Freshman - 913 Points Stephen W (4/10/2014 3:26:00 PM)

    Excellent stuff. Couldn't agree more. If it sounds like prose when read aloud, it's prose. Putting line breaks in eccentric positions doesn't make a poem. Poems don't necessarily have to rhyme, but they aren't just prose either. The informality of modern verse is a good thing, only if used with sense and moderation. Some are offering mutton dressed as lamb. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 5,723 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (4/10/2014 3:01:00 PM)

    I agree with your point but there are two main styles of poetry...traditional verse and modern verse.Modern verse doesn't follow a structure like traditional rhyme verse does..prose-poetry is more poetic than regular prose...this would be a good argument to bring to the forum.i write both types of poetry including Eastern and Western style haiku, lyrical traditional verse and prose-poetry for example please read my poem Speak of Love for an example of prose-poetry and Elegy To Time for traditionally structured rhymed verse... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Poem Edited: Friday, April 11, 2014


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