Treasure Island

Andy Caldwell


What Makes A Great Poem


What makes a great poem
I'll tell you what I know
it paints a living picture
the readers can't help but feel
a great poem might force empathy
with it's cadence rhyme and meter
every word adds value
to the total structure
it chooses words economically
not one sound is wasted
greatness doesn't often punctuate 
it seeks to share something new 
often great works lack confidence
 they are not packaged clean
So how do you define high art
you take the work apart
but greatness is the synergy
it's sum is greater than the pieces
bricks don't make building
without design intent
the greatness is in the structure
the greatness is in the details
a great poem has soul
it changes the reader
and makes them grow
and that is all I know

Submitted: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Edited: Friday, November 22, 2013

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  • Herbert Guitang (11/24/2013 2:24:00 AM)

    A great has soul
    It changes the reader
    I like and love the lines. Great poet and great poem

    Kindly rate and comments on my poems too (Report) Reply

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