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Questions about poetry rules.

PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 10:13 am
by roda havet
I know in all poetry all lines have to have some form of syllables to each. But can that rule be broken? And do you really have to follow any of the rules when writing poetry? Is it okay to just have your own style of writing to make it different and stand out plus to give it a touch of your own personality? :mrgreen:

Re: Questions about poetry rules.

PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 10:46 am
by pls

Re: Questions about poetry rules.

PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 12:09 pm
by TerryRodgers
The only poetry I know is the one about the man from Nantucket. :lol:

Re: Questions about poetry rules.

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 7:26 am
by roda havet
Thank you PLS. I have studied many different types of poems and the ones I write are more a free style but some still don't seem to think they are written properly. This is the reason I asked the questions I didn't know if you had to really follow all the rules when writing poetry and if you had to go by the books all the way? :mrgreen:


Terry, I like your comment that was funny. :lol:

Re: Questions about poetry rules.

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 10:19 am
by pls

Re: Questions about poetry rules.

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 5:18 pm
by roda havet
I have read e. e. cummings before and enjoyed the poetry but I have never heard of Ezra Pound. I'll have to look that one up. Thank you for letting know about someone new that I can read their work. :D

Re: Questions about poetry rules.

PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2015 2:46 pm
by James A. Ritchie

Re: Questions about poetry rules.

PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2015 2:53 pm
by James A. Ritchie

Re: Questions about poetry rules.

PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2015 2:56 pm
by pls
Roda, you might also seek out some of the small-press poetry journals (use Google or Writer's Digest Market to find them) and read some of their offerings in addition to reading dead poets' offerings. Many of them will be quality offerings - not just prose broken into short line lengths.

Re: Questions about poetry rules.

PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2015 8:18 pm
by roda havet