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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 | Year Posted 2020


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Date: 7/27/2020 4:29:00 PM

Hi Gary, As I read this poem, I realized, hey, a poet can make a poem from any subject if he masters poetic techniques and expression. You proved that. Great weaving. Great poem with a solid lesson for poets. Sherese
Date: 6/28/2020 5:20:00 PM

What a marvel of a poem! You have displayed in detail human nature mein freund , Gary. Yes, poetry is all this and more . Wonderful profound lines! Blessings.
Date: 6/28/2020 2:25:00 PM

your pen has painted very beautifully the art of poetry, always great to read from you gary wishing you both a blessed week ahead
Date: 6/24/2020 6:31:00 AM

There is definitely art in poetry and poetry in art...where a picture is worth a thousand words...and a poem a thousand vistas...both are divine gifts...well expressed my friend and welcome back Gary...^WW^ :o)
Date: 6/21/2020 9:18:00 AM

Wonderful... a poem speaks of emotions's the daily news of life...Well done
Date: 6/20/2020 10:49:00 PM

Great Write, Gary! I love how you explored the subject of why poetry is written and read. Some might think it's a dying art, but it has stood the test of time...I hope you and your family are doing well. Blessings to you, Rhonda xx
Date: 6/20/2020 1:31:00 PM

A poem may express that which we find hard to speak. That which a perceptive soul feels, a tender heart feels and a mind ponders in its ever seeking quest for more Light, Love, forgiveness, joy, peace, empathy , kindness, sharing , touch, giving and need for emotional relief, etc. Great poem my friend. A solid fav. God bless.
Date: 6/20/2020 9:01:00 AM

You covered all bases Gary, well composed Hope you're well. Tom