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Favorite Type of Poem

What is your favorite type of poem to both read and write, and why?
Sat, 27 Jan 2018 01:14 am
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im not sure how i like my poems usually i write dark poems although i do enjoy dark poems i prefer to hear more optimistic poems
Sun, 28 Jan 2018 03:59 am
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By nature I can easily go off on a tangent (or several)... so I try to adhere to personal experience and reflections of my hometown (Wigan)
Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:39 am
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I like my poetry to be short enough
to the point
and without punctuation whatsoever.
I like it to be free from desolation.
I enjoy iy most when it
takes you onyo new discoveries that make life journeys worth while.
that's it and that is meπŸ˜‰

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:48 pm
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I can tell you what I don"t like...

# poems that are unnecessarily long

# poems that are just a story broken up into lines for no other reason than to impersonate a poem

# religious poems, designed to try to convert the non- believers

# poems from the same author that are just variations on the same theme, usually about their partner

# vertical poems

I like poems with an interesting subject, those that rhyme or have a rhythm, those that make you read them more than once to understand them, shortish poems, poems with correct spelling and punctuation.
Sat, 16 Jun 2018 06:43 pm
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What's a vertical poem?
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 06:44 pm
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Steven - as an example, the poems of David Patrick Simon.
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 07:40 pm
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"poems that are just a story broken up into lines for no other reason than to impersonate a poem" For once I agree with Brian!
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 08:47 pm
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It is extremely difficult to choose a certain type or types of poem that are my favorites, easier to select individual favourite poets, but if I had to give a list of my favourite kinds of poetry at the present time, or that I am reading most of at the present time, they would be:

* Nature poems in which the plant or animal described takes centre stage, such as that of Ted Hughes.

* African poetry in which mythology plays a significant part.

* Poems in which a recognizably conversational human voice is "audible", such as that of Philip Larkin. Larkin's poems often embody that sort of story-as-poem-for-the-sake-of-it quality which Brian and I both disparaged, but the stories are told in a slightly liminal way and in tight rhythm which makes them trip off the tongue and fall firmly into poetic territory.

* I enjoy religious poetry and find a great deal of powerful motivation and engagement from it. Particularly poetry of antiquity or from centuries past. Jewish and Christian being the ones I am most familiar with, but it isn't limited to these. I don't mind if it is intended to convert non-believers (presumably most religious writing is intended to either do this or to confirm belief in existing believers) provided its well written, and I think not being of a religious denomination can actually leave me open to enjoy it more widely with a less biased reading eye.

* Absurd poems, or more modern humorous poetry like that of John Hegley or Pam Ayres, which is often dry or just very funny in a silly way, because such poetry is a world away from what I tend to write and lifts my spirits.

* Dub poetry and rap - again because it is very different from the sort of writing I do, both in terms of style and subject matter. Its interesting to encounter the differences, and also to recognize the themes we actually have in common. The same basic human needs, losses and aspirations are present in most poetry from Homer to Lemn Sissay to Kate Tempest.
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 09:00 pm
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Well thought out and written list Simon. To be honest your last bullet point caught me by surprise.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 04:33 am
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I enjoy:

1. Poetry that doesn't make sense.
2. Poetry printed on the side of buffalos.
3. Poetry that makes sense but only if read back to front in a hailstorm.
4. Poetry that makes me see round corners.
5. Really difficult poetry that uses long words and mathematical formulae instead of words.

I don't enjoy poetry that sounds like advertising.
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:52 am
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Oh and I also like poetry written at a 57 degree angle...
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:54 am
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And I like to pretend I'm a real poet and call myself on the phone sometimes.

Sat, 29 Sep 2018 07:21 pm
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…"What is your favorite type of poem to both read and write, and why?"

Big Sal, this for me is a question I still can't fully answer.

I will however say first off, I am gaining a lot from reading the stuff posted here by other people.

There are days when I like to wander off the path
and ignore the sign that says "Keep off the grass"

I will here say, I love poems that rhyme
I guess that's because mostly do mine.

I ignored the sign sometimes at great cost
meandering alone, can mean I get lost.

Being ignorant of the rules of grammar
and poetic licence and words that clamber

I do dream to reach the lofty height
of poets like you and what it is that you write

I am attracted to most things esoteric
Oh! and stuff that is really atmospheric

Not like the weather that has gone berserk
but by true masters of poetry who at WOL lurk

So to this end I end right here
For risking causing boredom the thing we all fear.
Mon, 26 Nov 2018 02:48 pm
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Well thanks, Po.

I enjoy poetry to rhyme as well since obviously it is my forte. I do enjoy it unrhymed as long as it is excellent in substance and emotion.

Since a child I wanted to do rhyming poetry though because the way I see it, poets only ever 'play with rhyme', they don't actively utilize it properly. Rappers can write a verse that technically baffles the mind but literally means nothing at all and is just an amalgamation of words put together for no better reason than to sell a record.

I like to bridge the divide, and so my favorite type of poem to both read and write is one in holorime.😎
Mon, 26 Nov 2018 07:45 pm
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Bewildering, baffling in equal measure
Your comments Big guy I always treasure!

Thanks Big Sal

I would love to be good at rapping my prezzies always look crap at Christmas
Mon, 26 Nov 2018 08:29 pm
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Rappers? At Christmas time? Preposterous!πŸ˜…
Tue, 27 Nov 2018 12:07 am
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Often a single word or metaphor can make a whole poem for me. I like poetry that is honest, immediate and individual. I don't like poetry that is pretentious, sickly sweet or 'woe is me'.
6 days ago
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Oh! woe is me, I often pretend to be sickly sweet.

6 days ago
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Brian I absolutely agree with you. You too Steven
I personaly like prose poetry... And as for the sickly sweet, I don't know, maybe with a side of bitter...?
5 days ago
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I used to like blistering honest poetry a lot more than I presently do, but now am more into an uplifting poem with a greater message to tell than the sum of its lines.

Metaphysical descriptions are top shelf in my opinion. Many good poets and styles to be disseminated for sure.
5 days ago
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