mid-century maunderings for men who know better
Poetry is the deliberate use of meter to express an idea.
The rhythmic application of language to form lines into stanzas gives the poem momentum and propels it to its conclusion.
Poetry is not about how sad you are.
Or how beautiful she is.
Your feelings don’t come into it.
It is the difference between swimming and drowning, or to paraphrase Mark Twain, it is the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
Poetry is not a collection of grunts, burps and snarls that ejaculate across the page in a burst of novelty typography.
Poetry is not the arrangement of words into lines and line breaks, despite what your tutor told you.
Again. Poetry is deliberate meter in service of a thought expressed with precision and grace.
And when you understand that you will find poetry everywhere.