|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #11|
The vast majority of "poetry" being printed today is prose, with or without linebreaks. Prose qua poetry rules the land of Content Regency. The lineation, affected language and delivery may fool the gullible and, like all prose and meme, can still be excellent, fascinating and profound writing. However, of poetry's essentials, it lacks all three: memorable text, performance and audience. This is not an aesthetic opinion; it is observable, quantifiable² fact.
Being a hybrid, "prose poetry" would also be considered separately, as vodka and screwdrivers are. Because it doesn't rely on rhythm [strings], prose poetry is identified by strong repetitions in sound, including assonance, alliteration, consonance, anaphora, repetend and parallelism but not, as a rule, rhyme.
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #37|
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #157|
- Ideas are collected.
- Ideas are organized into a prose outline.
- Words are arranged to form a rhythm.
- Rhythms or stresses are quantified into meter.
- Words are revised so they don't sound like a cat giving birth in a washing machine.
Prose Poets skip Steps #3 and #4.
Prosers skip Steps #3, #4, and #5.
¹ - The Wikipedia entry for William McGonagall is a hoot, including this snippet:
"Before he showed an interest in poetry, he displayed a keenness for acting, though Mr Giles' Theatre, where he performed, let him play the title role in Macbeth only if he paid for the privilege. The theatre was filled with his friends and fellow workers, anxious to see what they expected to be an amusing disaster. The play should have ended with Macbeth's death, but McGonagall believed the actor playing Macduff was trying to upstage him, and refused to die."
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #78|
1. 10 Greatest 21st Century Poets - Preamble
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3. 10 Greatest 21st Century Poets - The List
4. 10 Greatest 21st Century Poets - The Geeks
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