Caz :) x asked in Arts & HumanitiesPoetry · 9 years ago

What makes a poem a poem?

When is a poem not a poem ?

Update:

Good Quot you look like a poet .. Thank you

Update 2:

Thanks Ben :)

Update 3:

hmmm , that's something I must work on 'the rhythm'' of the drum thanks

Update 4:

Zahid , Your heart is in the right place

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  • 9 years ago
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    a poem is something you will never write, because there are no words right enough that explain our feelings about a kitten, love, etc.

    We almost can write a poem, but that's as close as it gets.

    Just like love....what is it?

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  • 9 years ago

    For me a poem has to have rhythm. It doesn't necessarily have to rhyme but it needs to hit my emotions. I think clarity of expression is important as well. I don't like to second guess what I'm reading about. I always look for what I term "poetic gems"in the text.

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  • 9 years ago

    A poem is a leaf thet swirls down from a tree

    and the wind that carries it off to the far away sea.

    A poem is a kitten that pounces on bugs

    poems are like really heartfelt tight hugs.

    A poem is a story, a song, and a psalm,

    something that soothes, a tonic, a balm.

    Poetry is you my fiend, and me; and between

    is imagination that stretches *** far as we can see.

    • John6 years agoReport

      My fiend? Well...I've never been called that before.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Poems like children

    Wither without love's hand

    Words fail to thrive

    When no one reads them.

    Prose is the neighbor's

    Noisy upstart

    But a poem is a child

    You hold in your heart.

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  • 9 years ago

    A poem is a poem, when it invokes something in you with words alone. An image, emotion, person, place, time. A poem is not a poem when it is empty. It is nothing but a neatly arranged pile of words.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    heartbeat

    ..

    listen to your heartbeat,

    how it skips now

    and again

    runs faster

    slows down

    ...

    feel and measure your breaths

    do you find a natural rhythm in these things?

    are they what creates life in you?

    it is the same for a poem,

    a poem becomes a poem when it is silent

    yet fills the room with it's presence

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  • 9 years ago

    Condensing of words, poetic structures and tools, especially metaphors and flow/rhythm of the words. Obviously, the lack of would make for something disguised but not really. Something I wrote awhile back:

    Words

    My thoughts arrive- not in

    nouns and verbs and predicates,

    but phrases- phrases alive, singing

    waiting to be heard and understood

    No great American novel I will pen

    for cryptic are my words, meanings many

    but very few, for fillers never fulfill their name

    they only whitewash, at best flaw covers

    Give me but seventeen syllables

    and I will give you a real taste of life

    that you will never, yes, never forget

    for words said well, speak well

    So choose, choose your reading

    but remember that a single page

    penned well, will lift you, soar you high

    when a poet chooses well his words

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  • a poem is a poem when it truly comes from your heart for a heart

    a poem is not a poem when it does not come from your heart for a heart

    Thanks for loving my work

    love care and hugs

    Blessing

    Zahid form Pakistan

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  • 9 years ago

    Yey! Nick Flint. And if you see it as a piece of writing arranged in lines which usually have a regular rhythm which may or may not rhyme, then you can consider it a poem.

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  • Kirby
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    9 years ago

    A poem is a poem if you call it a poem.

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