When reading poetry, what do you look for?

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  1. seicheprey profile image60
    seichepreyposted 11 years ago

    When reading poetry, what do you look for?

  2. profile image0
    Indigitalposted 11 years ago

    A good first line. Something that will draw you into the poem, but not make you wonder what the heck (s)he is going on about. I like poems that don't take hours to understand, but have split-explanations.

  3. ShaneMorris profile image58
    ShaneMorrisposted 11 years ago

    I'd say that there are two main things I try to focus on and look for when reading poetry but they seem to go hand-in-hand. I mainly focus on detail of a poem, how in depth it can get - but with how much ease the poem can do it.

    The second thing I focus on is how I can relate. How can I relate to this poem? It doesn't have to be something that's happened to me necessarily, but I remember a lot. I've remembered situations upon situations of stories of friends of families of etc. etc. etc. that I've thought about. It's a very big and interesting world, with so many things in it - so many situations. I don't have to suffer through a specific situation to feel their suffering, or in all lights - their happiness, gratitude, anxiousness, longing, and so forth.

    I think these two go hand-in-hand, like I said, because I think if I'm looking for how I can relate to a poem then I will have to analyze the details of the poem itself.

  4. Mamadrama profile image61
    Mamadramaposted 11 years ago

    I agree completely with Indigital.. I love poetry, but if I cannot figure out what the author is talking about in the first couple of sentences I stop reading it.

  5. Phil Plasma profile image69
    Phil Plasmaposted 11 years ago

    I look for elaborate succinctness mixed with detailed vagueness.

  6. chanroth profile image49
    chanrothposted 11 years ago

    Poems that I can picture it in my mind and speak through real emotion.

  7. makusr profile image60
    makusrposted 11 years ago

    Rhymes, Rhymes, Rhymes
    Feel, Feel, Feel
    Flow, Flow, Flow
    What else!

  8. R.S. Hutchinson profile image73
    R.S. Hutchinsonposted 11 years ago

    If it's a rhyming poetry I immediately look for originality in the rhyme. If it's not original I don't read it.

    I look for word power and arrangement. Voice and flow.

  9. tfrickey profile image60
    tfrickeyposted 11 years ago

    I love poetry that I can see.  Imagery in poems is so important to me.  I love to see and hear the words that the author uses to describe the scenario in the poem.

    I also love poetry that has a form--I am a big fan of "white space" in poems, so I look for structure and form that is pleasing to my eyes.  It's a bonus if the shape actually holds meaning.


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