Defining Poetry by Example

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Poetry is a form of writing that once followed strict, set rules. Over the centuries poetry has begun to evolve into new forms that stray away from these original rules. Every poet has his or her views on how poems should be written and what rules they should follow. In Ars Poetica the author conveys a set of rules through a series of personification. In the first line the author says that poems should be mute but able to be touched and felt. The poet also uses similes to get the point across to the reader. He compares the poem to a flight of birds and the moon climbing in the sky. The way that he conveys the rules is so different because it really shows how he follows the rules that he is presenting to his audience. In Poetry by Marianna Moore she shows a different style, but she is also stating rules that she thinks should be followed when writing poetry. In her poem it is unclear what she is writing about until you analyze it closely. In the first few lines she says that there are things more important that poetry but once you read it you realize that it is really cool. In the following lines she says that poems are important because they are useful and when they are not original they are basically garbage. To her poetry must be something that can be somewhat easily understood because people do not admire what they cannot understand. People must be true poets to write genuine poetry. These poems have many points where they are alike and they also have many points where they are different. Ars Poetica by Archibald MacLeish and Poetry by Marianna Moore are similar because they are poems that describe how poetry should be written, they are different because of their form and they do not convey the same ideas. Poetry is something ... ... middle of paper ... ...shall, Megan. "Marianne Moore book review: A dexterous analysis of verse, family life of ‘celibate poet’." The Washington Post. The Washington Post, n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2014. . Pinsky, Robert. "Marianne Moore's 'Poetry.'" Slate. The Slate Group LLC., n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2014. . Pratt, William. "On 'Ars Poetica.'" Modern American Poetry. Peter Lang Publishing, Inc, n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2014. . Skillman, Judith. "A Discussion by Judith Skillman." Ars Poetica. Skillman, n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2014. .
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