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9/23/2013 8:48:54 PM

Hsu Mr
Posts: 3
Poetry means different things to different people,but what kind of writing can not be considered as poems to you? Some poems seem more like lyrics,songs,some like prose. Not sure where to post this so posted it here. Thanks.
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7/8/2014 9:45:57 PM

Bob Atkinson
Posts: 189
Mr Hsu, Poetry was sung thousands of years before it was spoken. Form is irrelevant. I've defined Poetry as "the Emotional Content of Literature." If it's emotional, it's Poetry. If it's informative only, it's Prose. Bob
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7/30/2014 2:45:48 PM

Ettie Christian
Posts: 12
I really dont know what would not be a poem......There is all sorts of styles for poetry....And peps have their own way of doing just that

Life is like a flower,
It will bloom every year,
But dies when the cold wind is near-Ettie
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3/4/2015 6:33:39 AM

Keith Trestrail
Posts: 5
Anything could be construed as a poem these days. I despair at the lazy, clichéd, and unimaginative dross that passes for "modern poetry". A better question would be what do you consider "not a good poem?". Don't get me started!
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3/6/2015 10:17:57 AM

K.M North
Posts: 97
Poetry is all different, there are a million things that make a poem a poem, but only a few things that separate it from a song, or novel for that matter. As someone said, there is a difference between a good poem and just a poem. I wonder if you're asking from the point where you're wondering if something you wrote is considered a poem? Most of my poetry are usually songs that I wrote for whatever band/project I'm in/working on. I, myself value certain poem styles and poets more than others, as I'm sure everyone does. A poem is whatever you want it to be, in my opinion as long as it's said with some thought and with heart you're good no matter what it's called
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