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Do you 'get' poetry?
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 14th, 2011 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

>> I'm not much into the metered, rhyming stuff, but I love the sort of free-form narrative poetry you do. <<

*nod* I've known for a while now that I have several fans on each side, who only (or primarily) like either free-verse or form poetry. It's all fine.

>> Actually, thinking about it a minute more, I think it's more about the narrative than form or the absence thereof, since I also love the Poetic Edda, which has very strong forms, but is fundamentally a series of narratives. <<

I got to read parts of the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda in college. I like the Havamal too. I do tend to think of poetry as storytelling, and my poems are narrative more often than not. Sometimes I'll do one that's just a snapshot, like haiku, or wordplay. But most of them are basically stories.

>> Also a big fan of prose with poetic stylings, most notably Tolkien, where there's a strong rhythm and lyricism to the writing even though it's presented as prose. <<

*chuckle* Yeah, Tolkien drew a lot of his style from classic poetry and poetically flavored prose ... which is where he got his character names from, too.
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