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Poem, Must You Rhyme?

Very many tutors of poem
Say poems need not really rhyme
They need not have any metre
Nor even a basic structure

Poems, say some others
Should flow free like rivers
Unfettered by old-world rule
Untroubled by strict model

And poets shouldn't feel shackled
By complex laws and formulas
They be free to express views
Any other opinion is bedraggled.

I read some modern poems
By so many varied poets
Some prose into parts dissected
Others long text not even divided!

I'm quite in wonderment: how can
Anyone call something's a poem?
When it doesn't have features of one
That's essential for such a composition?

I agree a poem needn't rhyme
Merely or just for the sake of it
But I believe it could well rhyme
If it indeed can, even a little bit!

But I do realise when I did a deep study
On poems that: for them to be good key
Are artistic form, expressing language,
Creative rendering for readers' engage

Few modern poets often sadly add cuss
In poems that indeed need to be chaste
Or add in seeming fancy vernacular words
That would not read well sans footnotes

I do believe, submit that each adept poet
Must invest that miniscule added effort
To compose imaginative flowing verses
That captivate their readers' senses

Poems are so much like eminent music
That has copious tune that's also melodic
A beautiful flow of harmonious vocals
And strong or subtle message in its lyrics

Poet John Dryden has said: 'Dancing
Is the poetry of the foot.' So great!
If you go by a quote so very honest
Poems must indeed be rhyming

But these are just my own perspectives
An amateur untrained poet's muse
Not at all intended at anyone specific
But merely differing, dissenting views.

Submitted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, January 29, 2014


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Written on Jan.29,2014

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  • Padmanabhan Ananth (1/29/2014 10:34:00 AM)

    Thanks Bill. I'm also experimenting with various styles. Poem Hunter is a great teacher where one can read from such a variety, a Poets Salvation reads great. Thanks for sharing -Paddy.

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  • Padmanabhan Ananth (1/29/2014 10:31:00 AM)

    Thanks Dave. Even your comment is reading poetic. Good thought. I never got an answer and hence wrote this poem.

  • Bill Cantrell (1/29/2014 10:24:00 AM)

    Good words my friend, I love writing differing styles, I just posted a poem- A Poets Salvation- a few minutes ago about letting emotion rule.

  • David Lessard (1/29/2014 9:12:00 AM)

    I used to think a poem needed to rhyme, but now I believe that it doesn't. Things in motion, like ballet and sport are poetic without even the fact that they need no writing! A well written piece need not rhyme to get a point across. But, if we cease to rhyme, does poetry die? It's a thought.

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