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Ars Poetica

Ars Poetica
Horace circa 19 BC gave some sound advice to
poets on the art of writing poetry and drama.

The following thoughts may echo in our minds,
most likely, the intent of what he may have meant . . .

A poem may excite and delight readers with its
imagery, meaning, metaphors, and so much more

A poem may speak of “home” and what it means
to each of us as we grow up and reach adulthood

A poem may excite one’s imagination to learn
of people, places, events, and things in our world 

A poem may speak to one’s emotions—
love, lust, hate, happiness, sadness, and more

A poem may speak to palpability—
touching, feeling, embracing, kissing, and more

A poem may address courage—
to stand for something meaningful against all odds

A poem may address a weakness—
cowardice, avarice, and even a temptation 

A poem may address humility—
in realizing that being humble can be strength too

A poem may address faith—
believing in yourself and others, and a cosmic destiny 

A poem may address morality—
as good and evil, right and wrong are with us always

A poem may address objects and images—
that tickle one’s poetic imagination and certitude

Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved
January 10, 2018 (Couplet)

Copyright © Gary Bateman