When reading another poet, do you look at punctuation?

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  1. seicheprey profile image60
    seichepreyposted 7 years ago

    When reading another poet, do you look at punctuation?

  2. profile image0
    JadedLoveposted 7 years ago

    I do my best not to. I feel that when poetry is corrected, the power behind the moment is taken away.

  3. TJenkins602 profile image59
    TJenkins602posted 7 years ago

    I normally don't pay attention to punctuation. The line breaks do the trick.

  4. R.S. Hutchinson profile image78
    R.S. Hutchinsonposted 7 years ago

    Of course! Punctuation should be a part if the poem.

    A poet should never underestimate the power of punctuation. A dash, a comma, a colon ... and ellipse.. parenthesis, they all carry meaning and add to the power of the words they enclose. They are responsible for the flow of the poem, the breaks, the sighs, the breaths, the anticipation, the proclamations, the questions, and endings.

    Every good poet will use punctuation properly to help establish the flow of the poem.

  5. teddi6 profile image70
    teddi6posted 7 years ago

    I never look for punctuation, nor do I edit.  There are many poets who don't bother with punctuation, they just let it flow.  When I write poetry I may add a period if I think the reader should marinate on the thought, or I will breeze thru and add the period at the end...for affect. 

    Poetry is something so uniquely personal that it is above correction.  It would be like critiquing a sneeze or editing a cough.  Poetry, if it's done right, pure and true - comes from the soul.  Who are we to edit someone's soul?

    Poetry can be as real as a touch or it can transcend all logic.  Poetry, just is.

  6. lydocia profile image83
    lydociaposted 7 years ago

    It depends on the poem, the shape, the form, the style, the preferation of the writer,...

  7. trecords0 profile image60
    trecords0posted 7 years ago

    I use punctuation as a guide for the reader to better know how it intended to flow, so yes.  Punctuation is something I observe.

  8. HMathis1112 profile image60
    HMathis1112posted 7 years ago

    It does depend on the poem.  Punctuation in a poem can, in some instances, be the poem!  &$%!  Okay, so that was my attempt at humor, but seriously, punctuation in a poem can be out of place and still be right where it is needed.

  9. RosarioBVillaluz profile image60
    RosarioBVillaluzposted 20 months ago

    punctuation played an important role in poems


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