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Do incomplete titles of the poems really work that way? (1 Viewer)

ritudimrinautiyal

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I wrote a very concise poem yesterday. And spontaneously gave it an incomplete title. I just posted it yesterday, so it's too early for me to say anything. But does it really work that way, even if not always?

Ritu
 

Gumby

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I think that works because it gives the reader more room to interpret rather than being told straight out what the subject is.
 

Darren White

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You can give your poem any title you want. It can be one word, or a phrase. A title should make your reader curious, wanting to read more, but it should by no means explain what will be in the poem, that would be a shame.

By the way, I moved your question here, in Nuts&Bolts. It's a better place for it.
 

ritudimrinautiyal

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You can give your poem any title you want. It can be one word, or a phrase. A title should make your reader curious, wanting to read more, but it should by no means explain what will be in the poem, that would be a shame.

By the way, I moved your question here, in Nuts&Bolts. It's a better place for it.

Thanku Sir.
Now onwards I will post such threads here only.

Ritu
 

TL Murphy

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The word was incomplete, I wanted readers to complete it with their interpretation. I couldn't get the response timely, so I got confused, if I did the right thing.

Ritu

There's really no right or wrong in poetry. It is either effective or it isn't. As Darren says, a title is meant to entice a reader into the poem without giving it away. Some titles have nothing to do with the poem. John Ashbury is famous for doing that and he is one of the most popular contemporary poets in the English language. You can do anything you want with a title. You can even quote another writer without giving credit since there is no copyright on titles so it isn't plagiarism.
 

ritudimrinautiyal

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There's really no right or wrong in poetry. It is either effective or it isn't. As Darren says, a title is meant to entice a reader into the poem without giving it away. Some titles have nothing to do with the poem. John Ashbury is famous for doing that and he is one of the most popular contemporary poets in the English language. You can do anything you want with a title. You can even quote another writer without giving credit since there is no copyright on titles so it isn't plagiarism.

Thanks a lot for guiding me about that.
 

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