What Do We Want From A Poem?
Blog Posted:3/16/2017 1:45:00 PM
My Answer - Not Necessarily Imagery
Imagery is not the only criteria for a good poem, and indeed many good poems don't have this. It is such a shame that SHOW, DON'T TELL is a reminder on some sites, as it doesn't take account of intellectual poems. The latter is a far more rewarding type to compose and it doesn't have the "look at me - aren't I wonderful?", "forced to be beautiful" presentation in the imagery at all costs poem. If I want to see a beautiful lake, I can see one in a photo or painting or in real life. Any of those will do a better job than words. Words have primarily an intellectual, not descriptive purpose, I would argue. There is such a thing as an adjectival overload in poems.
EDIT: A FEW DAYS LATER -
to misquote a footle I once saw.