What Is A Poem? A rhyme, a meter or none of the above?

What Makes a Good Poem?

 

How do you know when you’ve penned a good poem?

Is it better for the use of a metaphor?

What about imagery without simile?

Would it be neater with one simple meter?

Is it a crime to decry a good rhyme?

What part of the plan requires lines to scan?

And could it be worse to write in plain verse?

But when I write, I think it’s perverse

To let the flow slow. You see, I can

Scribble doggerel or craft sublime

Stanzas if left alone. But it’s sweeter

For me if I let my mind wander free

And ignore all conventions. Before

I know it, this poet has his poem.

 I thought I’d see if I could take a simple form – the sonnet – and craft my own unique rhyming structure, while maintaining the 14 lines and iambic pentameter… not sure I’ve quite got there but see what you think?

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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23 Responses to What Is A Poem? A rhyme, a meter or none of the above?

  1. Ritu says:

    I’m so not technical when it comes to poetry, but I enjoyed your musings on how to form a good poem His Geoffleship!

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  2. I’d say you nailed it when you unveiled it to your readers.

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  3. I like the rhythm of poetry. how words dance in time to the beat. I love your poem, Geoff, especially these lines, which appeal to me.
    ‘Would it be neater with one simple meter?

    Is it a crime to decry a good rhyme?

    What part of the plan requires lines to scan?

    And could it be worse to write in plain verse?

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  5. willowdot21 says:

    Love this Geoff, I think it is perfectly crafted, not unlike you sir 😉 considering most of my stuff is stream of consciousness, whether poetry or prose I think this is a great post! 💜

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  6. I think it’s very clever, and definitely works. I write a lot of ‘poetry’ but couldn’t tell you the majority of formats I use, as I just go with the flow as it enters my head.

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  7. Al Lane says:

    Every poem is perfect to the poet that births them… 😀

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  8. That’s impressive Geoff. I have no talent at all for poetry — of any kind. Hugs.

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  9. Completely awesome poet, Poet Geoff.

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    • TanGental says:

      Who me? Hmm. I think you’re being too kind. Poetry is such a skill. Like word ballet the best make it look easy but its hard work it takes years of practice to look natural and it often hurts. I bow and scrape to real poets Robbie

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