When it comes to poetry, what specific elements make the best poems (in your opinion?)
The best poems are those that maintain a theme throughout which is not necessarily explicit it the text. Words are used to create the images and feelings in building that theme.
hi, thanx for the question.
I have written very little poetry, but the pieces i have done, have to be conveying an emotion. 'Waiting' is my interpretation of what i saw as a child. A neighbour of ours suffered this loss, and then rejoined her son. The elements of the poem are real, although it is heavily edited. I wanted to show the bond between mother and child, but also show that the mothers actions, in jumping from the roof, had nothing to do with grief or anything she was enduring. Suicide is still regarded as a sin, but also something that drug addicts, mentally ill people and mass murderers do, but she never considered it suicide, merely rejoining her son.
So the specific element, is displaying the emotions felt throughout the story.
Bit long winded lol, sorry.
LOVE IS, poetry is all about love, but nature is poetry in motion.
Thank you for asking the question.
A good poem can not just be random words put together. It has to have a meaning and convey emotion behind that meaning. A great poem will have words that fit together in harmony. A poem has to be able to tell the readers how the author feels. It can be a poem about anger or a poem about love. Whatever the case may be, the poem has to call out to you. I can go on about what I believe makes a good poem but it all comes down to one thing. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”
Modesty and generosity in spirit, generalizion and uniqueness in expression, may be essential elements for good poetry.
Wow! What a question! I think it will take me all night to answer this.
However let me attempt something here.
For me the best poems are those which come from
(a) some authentic inner place of understanding - things have been resolved - and the poet is offering wisdom. You know those kind of poems - full of philosophical insights and memorable quotes.
(b) some incredible inner pain, that usually can be shared by the reader and has a truism about it that shines through. The language and imagery would, probably, put some shape and tone on the poem.
(c)the poem has incredible rhythm and flow to the use of words - again it would, probably, be about the choice of words and length of lines that match the 'music' of the piece.
and finally (d) - 'cos I'm running out of ideas - a very controlled editing process (the shape and form and use of language etc.is faultless) and yet the wholeness of the poem does not have a contrived aura, but flows beautifully as if straight from the pen, unedited - the work of a master. You just know you're in the presence of one such elite poet.
That's my contribution - hope you can follow. Never really analysed the process before.
There's probably a great academic answer to this question, already uploaded and I don't recognise it.
i think that the most important thing in a poem is simply the flow of it. I feel that no matter how long or short the piece, how often you write , or if it rhymes or not, as long as you feel it and let it come natural thats what counts. It is a natural flow to your piece that makes the best poem. Like you can read the piece and say " o yea, So and So wrote that " , thats when you know your writing has its own element to it.
I think these replies illustrate the way poetry speaks to individuals! Imagery is important, but while some like soothing and rhythmic work, I prefer stuff like blake4d writes. His Congruent images hit like storm waves on a rocky beach and my mouth fills with salt water spray. It is casually organized chaos and well done enough to challenge my perspective for days after absorbing his film clips.
choice of words, rythm, emotions arisen by the poem... we need to feel something
A rhythm, a flow in the words and a story shared in a meaningful way, and much creativity and thought before writing.
I heard once that the best way to write is about what you know thats about it
sincerity and originality of the poetry will make the best poetry.
writing about something that's meaningful to you- what you're passionate whether it be anger, lust, love, romance, heartbreak etc.
Your Creative thinking and Knowledge are the main element make the best poems
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