(4/14/2006 2:26:00 PM)
I'd probably say something that strikes an emotional chord with the reader. If it makes you cry while writing it then it will make somebody out there cry reading it. Emotion is definately important. Also, if a poem can enable somebdy to laugh then it's successful. There are definately many attributes to a great poem. Everybody views poetry differently, for example I don't rate Shakespeare but lods of people love the guy!
D A Phinney
(4/14/2006 2:11:00 AM)
A really successful poem makes the reader go, 'Whoa! This must be by one of them famous poets! '
A variation on this would be that the reader can imagine someone actually paying to read this author's works (just not himself) .
(4/7/2006 6:29:00 AM)
I don't think poems lend themselves to 'success formulas.' Otherwise, we'd all be writing really good poems, every time out.
Anonymous (whose work I cherish) neglected the part about saying something that is true.
A good poem can have defects if it speaks truth to the heart.
(4/5/2006 2:09:00 PM)
A friend of mine says that a good poem produces a 'frisson' or shiver in a reader. For me, when I read a poem that I like, I find there is some vague feeling that makes me say to myself: yes, there is something there that is true, that is real. Usually it is both form and content that produces that effect.