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Modern Poetry

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No offense intended - this was just a knee jerk reaction to a comment I received (you know how good that can feel!!)

What can I dare say without upsetting all my new found poetry writing siblings – perhaps I’m just not smart enough for it to wash over me and all make sense yet– soon maybe.

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Modern Poetry

Have you read a poem lately; they're all written in ‘free verse’.
Like the murmurs of a hippy high on drugs or something worse,
They're a dangling meander through the tulips of their time,
Where the last thing that they care about comes on the second line.
Seems the weirder that you make them, the more you are adored;
Proving anyone can write them, stringing words of scant accord.
Like a drug-induced arrangement, spewing text because you can,
And as I've yet to try and read them out‘s a clue - I'm not a fan.

At first I thought it must be me; I've been so out of touch,
So I searched for poems said to rhyme, and not found very much,
Just a few odd bits of free stuff with a rhyming paragraph
Bereft of lines to make you think or even make you laugh.
Then next I read that publishers look down on rhyming bards,
And say their work’s just fit for kids or lines in birthday cards.
These leaders of the literary world are steering us to ruin;
Poem’s fate is in their hands, and they don’t know what they’re doing.

Try this: give new poems to a regular chap and bid him read to you,
And he'll be in 'free verse freefall' before he’s half way through.
I further bet he’ll raise his head and ask you, “What’s the plot?
I can't go on; this makes no sense - is this a joke or what?”
Oh no, old son, you’re doing well; it's from a leading poet.
It’s top class stuff, renowned by all - but you wouldn’t frigging know it.
I've written poems fifty years and never planned to cash them;
Just my damn luck I go to try – to find they're out of fashion.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015

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Date: 8/11/2017 7:21:00 PM
Dear Denis, I have tried free verse on a few occasions but I much prefer rhyming verses. I also like to try out different formats from time to time but always seem to come back to sonnets. You poems have a beautiful flow and make perfect reading out loud. Contemporary poetry leaves me cold, reminds me of my 'hippy' days, but a well rhymed poem warms the soul. Great job my friend. Betty
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Date: 4/29/2017 2:15:00 PM
You'll never be out of fashion in my book, buddy, and I know from where you come. But, poetry is in the ear of the reader. if it touches....it wins. You are a star!
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Date: 2/2/2017 6:39:00 AM
Congratulations Dennis on your excellent rhymes, great writing 34/40 on my score enough for a great second place win! Thanks for entering!
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Date: 9/18/2016 3:27:00 PM
Hi Dennis. Just saw this on the featured page and I absolutely love it AND I love rhyme. This put a huge smile on my face. When I started on Poetry Soup I didn't think I liked free verse, but then read some really great ones that I didn't even notice had no rhyme. But I'll always be a rhymer, even if I dabble in other forms. Thanks for the enjoyment this evening. This really made my night :)
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Date: 9/25/2016 2:21:00 AM
Hi Nicola, sorry for my late reply (up to my ears lately). I always consider my job well done if I can induce a smile or two. I too have tried to introduce free verse to my love of poetry but sadly it just won't stick. I shall read your work and learn more of this art of ours. Best, Dennis
Date: 8/30/2016 5:15:00 PM
Dennis, I certainly have questioned my inability to read, like or make sense of non rhyming words penned as 'poetry'. In truth I have found few that were were written that I didn'the notice they hadn'the rhymed which convinces me that all poetry does not have to rhyme. I have also read a lot of rhyme that isn'the poetry. I maybe old fashioned but feel that rhyme is the emphasis that makes poetry readable and adds to the strength of poetry, and yes I like nursery rhymes too.... lvor
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Date: 9/25/2016 2:29:00 AM
Ivor, apologies for not replying sooner. I too have questioned myself with regards to my ability to comprehend and appreciate how someone has taken the trouble to "flower up" various sentiments around their chosen subject matter. To them it's all about the importance of where they can take you - to forget they haven't rhymed. Sorry Iver, I'm just an old cynic....Best, Dennis
Date: 1/18/2016 5:15:00 PM
hey dennis! i couldn't have said this better myself and you know that i agree with you 100%!!! i guess we rhymers have to stick together, fashion be damned!
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Date: 1/31/2016 3:19:00 PM
Oh Ilene - so sorry I took so long to thank you for your kind comments. As you say, us rhymers must stick together and ride the storm. Speak soon - Best, Dennis
Date: 10/13/2015 12:47:00 PM
I agree with you, much contemporary poetry is an insult to our intelligence. I avoid reading most so-called top-rated poetry publications. The majority of poets these publications publish are so cerebral only a scholar can understand what they're about. I thank poets like T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound for their bad influence. Enough. Enjoy reading your work. Best to you. / M
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Date: 10/13/2015 1:52:00 PM
Many thanks for taking the time Maurice - you hit the nail on the head, in so far as our scholars are being taught by "easy riding" any excuse to make poetry simpler English lecturers. Keep up the good works yourself. Best, Dennis
Date: 2/5/2015 8:21:00 AM
Oh, Dennis, you are sooooo right! They are spewing them out of the universities, convinced that they can't understand poetry, therefore, to become a true poet, they must write undecipherable verse. It's a total lack of knowledge and technique among the professors who are causing this problem, and it's turning people against poetry. Like you, I wrote rhymed poetry for 50 years before I launched into free verse. They've got it backwards. First, learn the rules before you break them.
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Date: 2/6/2015 2:40:00 AM
I couldn't have put it clearer myself - you share my sentiments exactly - have you been reading my mail? The good news is that eventually there will be a revival - it may be another 50 years in coming, but it will most certainly happen. In the mean time we must stock pile the vaults, keep our heads down and live forever.........
Date: 1/27/2015 1:44:00 AM
G'day Dennis... I always thought that poetry was to be metered, structured and rhymed, but I soon found out that I was way off the mark. I grinned and nodded as I read through your easy reading lines. Thanks mate - Lindsay
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Date: 2/6/2015 2:48:00 AM
G'day sport - So you're kicking our buts at cricket again... Sorry it took me so long to find your kind comments. Thank you for taking the time - Dennis
Date: 1/11/2015 6:36:00 PM
Great write Dennis, I agree with the messsge, there can be a lot of heart and message in rhymn. Like all things rhyme will be in style again , hope I'm still around, lol
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Date: 2/6/2015 2:44:00 AM
Hang in there Rob - they'll all see the light eventually - in the mean time keep writing and live forever too.....
Date: 1/11/2015 3:35:00 PM
OH I love the humour here - I tend to write in rhyme but am willing to try my hand at other forms that is how I am learning and growing as a poet - if we all write in exactly the same style how boring that would be - great write a 7 from me:-) Hugs Jan xxx As for negative comments thankfully so far I've only had constructive ones - negative ones i would ignore!
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Date: 1/11/2015 3:47:00 PM
I realise I Have read all your poems - commented on many already - love YOUR style! Hugs Jan xxx
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Date: 1/11/2015 3:42:00 PM
Thanks Jan - you are so right and I agree fully. I have decided to try writing in other forms - let's see what happens. See you in the stir. Best, Dennis