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  1. #41
    A related question, does(would) having what you feel is a definition of poetry, help you write poetry better, easier, etc? Verses not having such and perhaps going about writing poetry in a mechanical way?
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  2. #42
    Pel, my opinion is that defining poetry limits poetry. So to answer your question, no. Having a definition of poetry doesn't help you write better poetry. But understanding poetic techniques does.

  3. #43
    TL Murphy, can't poetry be defined if it has techniques and elements that can be studied and improved? If there are poetic techniques, than that would mean it has some true set of limits that can be examined.

  4. #44
    Thonik, you can define technique if you want. Any good poem needs it. We call that craft. But if a poem is only technique then it is only craft. Poetry is more than the sum of its parts. It's art and that makes it difficult to define.
    Last edited by TL Murphy; May 10th, 2019 at 03:27 AM.

  5. #45
    Quote Originally Posted by Thonik View Post
    If there are poetic techniques, than that would mean it has some true set of limits that can be examined.
    The logic is not good, because the techniques are not mandatory there are not set limits.
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  6. #46
    Quote Originally Posted by Linton Robinson View Post
    This says it about as well as anything

    Ars Poetica


    A poem should be palpable and mute
    As a globed fruit

    Dumb
    As old medallions to the thumb

    Silent as the sleeve-worn stone
    Of casement ledges where the moss has grown -

    A poem should be wordless
    As the flight of birds

    A poem should be motionless in time
    As the moon climbs

    Leaving, as the moon releases
    Twig by twig the night-entangled trees,

    Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves,
    Memory by memory the mind -

    A poem should be motionless in time
    As the moon climbs

    A poem should be equal to:
    Not true

    For all the history of grief
    An empty doorway and a maple leaf

    For love
    The leaning grasses and two lights above the sea -

    A poem should not mean
    But be

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