Nobody Even Recognizes That Stuff (2015-06-26)
“A poem is nothing more than very effective use of language. It is not defined by the tools used to create it. You cannot say something is a poem because it was constructed with rhyme, meter, vivid imagery, ellipsis, etc. A house is not denied status as a house because it is made of wood, not brick. A good poem can be a good place to live, even if it is made of straw and dung.” —Hippokrites
Not understanding this may be part of the explanation why so few people read poetry. They don’t even know how to recognize a real poem.