What is Poetry

 Poetry is a very unusual form of writing. It falls into little pigeon holes. It has rhythm, flow, meter and sometimes rhyme. It also is filled with emotion and comes from the heart. It has often occurred to me that I do not exactly understand why people like John Donne who felt the need to pour his heart out put these tremendous artificial limits on himself by forcing himself to do so within the constraints of poetry. Why didnt he just write it in prose? It would have been so much easier. But for many who are poets, there is only one way that they can allow that grief and emotion to come out and that is within poetic restraints. For that reason, poetry is a singular anomaly. Pax - C.

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