What Is This Thing Called Poetry?
A form of poetry with fourteen lines, which follows a rhyming scheme and principled structure.
A basic form of formal Chinese poetry, which has eight lines in four couplets, with parallelism between the lines in the second and third couplets.
A form of poetry which has been used regularly in the English language since the late 19th century having a nineteen lines with five triplets and a closing quatrain.
A form of Japanese poetry which is unrhymed has five units and follows the pattern of Onji.
A very short form of Japanese poetry which extends in a vertical line, and having 17 Onji.
Usually written in lyrical verse, praising or dedicating to someone or something in which the poet has been inspired.
A poetic form consisting of rhyming couplets and a refrain with shared meter, which focuses on one subject: love, or more specifically an illicit or unattainable love.
A form of poetry which follows 15 lines and written on two rhymes, and corresponds to poignant musical form.
Are You a True Poet?
I'm not a true poet.
Honestly, I don't really know if that's a fact, but I've interacted with some interesting people who claim otherwise, and I find that surprising.
So, I ask myself what is a true poet?
Or better yet ...
What exactly is poetry???
Since I've recently tried my hand and dabbled in the writing craft, I've decided to set myself on a mission, an investigation if you will into the realm of poetry.
First and foremost, I find that the majority of poetic forms are nothing but a complete conundrum of rules and boundaries which aggravate me to no end.
To me, these rules make absolutely no sense at all.
Why take freedom from voice, and taper it to a bunch of fixed rules?
I have no interest in following these strict guidelines solely because I'm a free spirit and one who doesn't easily follow the rules. After much research on the subject, I've learned that most forms of poetry are "confined" to form.
I've come to the conclusion that the uninhibited form of "free verse" poetry is a style much more catered to my willful palette than any other form.
What is free-verse poetry?
Free verse or free style as I'd much rather term is a form of poetry that does not adhere to any set pattern. Though it is considered "free" in its form there, is still some elements that a poet must bind to due to convention.
Some of the best known poets of free verse are figures such as Robert Graves, Christina Rossetti (sister of famed Pre-Raphaelite Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti), Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, and D.H. Lawrence, just to name a few.
As for the subject of free verse form ... there is no limit as to what a poet can focus on. Whether feelings of fear, loss, desolation, despair, outrage, isolation and pain, or beauty, love, seduction, happiness and peace, the poet can openly express his thoughts without the hindrance of a regulated pattern, a poetic form without heavy confines.
As an example, here is a famous free verse poem titled,
by Robert Graves
I now delight
Of the might
And the right
Of classic tradition,
Without let or omission,
Just any little rhyme
In any little time
That runs in my head;
Because, I’ve said,
My rhymes no longer shall stand arrayed
Like Prussian soldiers on parade
Stiff as starch,
Foot to foot,
Boot to boot,
Blade to blade,
Button to button,
Cheeks and chops and chins like mutton.
My rhymes must go
Turn ’ee, twist ’ee,
Rhymes I will make
Like Keats and Blake
And Christina Rossetti,
With run and ripple and shake.
A merry little rhyme
In a jolly little time
And poke it,
And choke it,
Change it, arrange it,
Straight-lace it, deface it,
Pleat it with pleats,
Sheet it with sheets
Of empty conceits,
And chop and chew,
And hack and hew,
And weld it into a uniform stanza,
And evolve a neat,
Now that I've found my niche in poetic form, I also found that it is good practice to understand the different genres associated with poetry.
Here are the classical poetic categories:
Even though I prefer the nuance of free verse poetry, in no way do I discredit the masters of classical poetic form. I admire these poets for their careful adherence and rigid structure to the poetic verse, something in which I wholly admit that I can not conquer, nor probably will I ever.
An All Time Favorite
In close, I leave you with one of my all time favorite poems This inspiring iambic and tetrameter work of art is titled:
THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really
about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step
had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how
way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be
telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged
in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all
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