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Monday, 22 February 2016
What makes a good poem?
I have been doing some teaching on poetry
recently. It is not my thing really so I had to do a lot of research, during
which I came across a few quotes on of
what makes a good poem. Here are one or two: A good poem is a slip-of-a-thing that celebrates language, that takes you on a
short journey and touches your heart, turns on your imagination, or tickles
your funny- bone somewhere along the way. Nikki Grimes.
A good poem makes you feel like you’ve
been there before, or want to go. A good poem takes you to the city, to the
sea, to the heart of any and all matters; you see it, taste it, belong to it. A
good poem is a menagerie of craft; a spinning of sound, word choice,
alliteration, rhythm and often rhyme. A good poem is the arrangement of
enchantment, or as J. Patrick Lewis says, a blind date with enchantment.
Rebecca Kai Dotlich
What makes a good poem? Brevity,
terseness, spareness, viewing something new for the very first time, creating
an image like no one has ever been blown away by before in their entire life.
Lee Bennett Hopkins
Love and care for elemental details, for
chosen words and their simple arrangement on the page... and a way of ending
that leaves a new resonance or a lit spark in the reader or listener's
mind—that’s part of it.
Naomi Shihab Nye
A good poem surprises your senses, shakes
you awake, stirs your emotions, and startles your imagination. Each poem is an
act of discovery. Poetry helps us widen our vision and our hearts.