Rules of poetry

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    samuelzposted 7 years ago

    With time every great writer comes to discard the rules of prose and spoken word especially their construct. Poetry especially calls for a different mindset, from a poets point of view words relate and birth new meanings.

    1. recommend1 profile image68
      recommend1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Not quite true. 

      Great writers invent new rules and constructions. 

      Without 'rules' and construction it is no longer coherent or meaningful prose or poetry.

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        samuelzposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I do see how your arguement would make sense. But really most of the applauded writers who are artists by right are more so acclaimed when thought and word construct is rebirthed in a new unchartered way.

    2. Amber12 profile image57
      Amber12posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      There is no rules of poetry hmm

      1. recommend1 profile image68
        recommend1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Sorry to have to be the one to tell but there 'is' rules of poetry, just as there 'is' rules of grammar big_smile

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          samuelzposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          true there are rules of poetry...but most times that's at a very basic level.
          When we are first introduced to it, with time and with growth comes the realization that all this rules can be evolved into a coherent new way of thinking and communicating the same.

    3. mohitmisra profile image60
      mohitmisraposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      There are rules in poetry and then there is the spirit of the poetry.Poetry originates withe the Holy Vedas written in dohas or couplets and is considered as the most condensed and highest form of philosophy.

      The spirit cannot be taught to you by anyone or any school and in this aspect each great writer is unique, adding a freshness.

      Poets are messengers and poetry needs to have a message mainly spiritual.

  2. WriteAngled profile image79
    WriteAngledposted 7 years ago

    Writing to a pre-defined rhyme and metre, or other rule established by the poet, gives a constraint that prevents someone from simply spewing out feelings in a chaotic and disorganised manner. The best free verse also follows certain internal rules. The discipline of working in a fixed scheme, and trying to find ways to do it as subtly as possible (i.e.avoiding the dee-dum, dee-dum... effect) has produced far better writing, in my opinion, than the self-indulgent verbal diarrhoea that presents itself as poetry so often today.

  3. cindi h profile image73
    cindi hposted 7 years ago

    Poetry is a piece of literature usually written in meter or verse expressed in various emotions by using a variety of different techniques including metaphors, similes and onomatopoeia. Meter and rhyme are what are commonly used to distinguish poetry from prose. While I believe there are basic 'rules' of poetry, I also believe that those rules are especially meant to be broken! Poetry comes from the heart and a good poet can convey what's in his/her heart in spite of 'rules'.

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      samuelzposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      cindi thank you for putting that across. That poetry itself is an expression of a personal thought, feeling, experience or idea that a poet strives to convey in a coherent manner while at the same time maintaining his individuality; owning it if I may say so

  4. katenka_lalo profile image57
    katenka_laloposted 7 years ago

    On the one hand, writing new poetry is breaking old rules. If you are not breaking old rules, there is nothing special about your poetry, no offense. On the other hand, by breaking old rules you establish new rules. Long time ago lines HAD to rhyme. Now it's not true anymore. Is white verse as poetic as "regular," rhymed one? It sure is. But there are always rules of the genre that a writer or a poet follows, consciously or subconsciously.

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      samuelzposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      couldn't have put it better.

  5. Hound Cat profile image57
    Hound Catposted 7 years ago

    I feel that I am doing OK as long as my poem has rhythm.  I strive to attain that goal.

  6. zombiemasterchief profile image57
    zombiemasterchiefposted 7 years ago

    Poetry is writing filtered through feeling.

    1. cindi h profile image73
      cindi hposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      very nice!

  7. chasemillis profile image66
    chasemillisposted 7 years ago

    I would have never guessed poetry to have rules. I don't really "get" it, but I thought it was supposed to be your pure, free thoughts flowing onto the paper.

  8. Joy56 profile image75
    Joy56posted 7 years ago

    i am no expert.

      There are types of poetry tha follow a rule, and are wonderful for practicing.....

    However i think a poet makes his own rules as he or she goes along.  It's not like a teacher is going to come along with a red pen or anything.....

    Going to look up the definition of poetry now, loving the thought on this thread.

  9. chisom emmanuel profile image60
    chisom emmanuelposted 7 years ago

    i do not htink there should be any rule in poetry except as the names or forms imply. one should be able to write there own choice, form,style of poetry as it suits them. one should be able to arrange the syllables as he/she wants...... a quote says " poetry is the universal art of the mind" wecreat the forms and rules

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    Poetic Foolposted 7 years ago

    It's not like all the existing "forms" and "rules" of poetry we know today have always been viewed as such.  At some point in the past these new "forms" deviated from the existing forms and rules of the day.  Some of the poetry some find so aggregious today will be considered established forms in the future.

    Poetry, indeed all art, is not set in stone (well, some like sculpture excepted, ha!) but is constantly evolving and growing.  Established forms and rules have their place certainly but I will rue the day when writers are constrained to a set of "acceptable practices".


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