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

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (What Makes A Great Poem by Andy Caldwell )

Enter the verification code :

  • 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

Read all 1 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Romantic Love, The Princess
  2. So move, hasmukh amathalal
  3. His Face, Heather Jephcott
  4. Why to think?, hasmukh amathalal
  5. Through my window sill, binod bastola
  6. The bondage, hasmukh amathalal
  7. Brain's Ocean, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  8. Defamation, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  9. Horoscopes, gajanan mishra
  10. Lovely and pleasant, hasmukh amathalal

Poem of the Day

poet Percy Bysshe Shelley

We are as clouds that veil the midnight moon;
How restlessly they speed, and gleam, and quiver,
Streaking the darkness radiantly!--yet soon
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Jessie Mackay

 
[Hata Bildir]