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Thoughts on Poetry

Poetry is one of my loves.

I love poetry for its ability to convey experience without losing meaning. A moment can be transcribed to the best of a poet's ability, and that experience will be passed on to another soul. The moment itself can be captured right along with emotion and perspective. Writing a poem is not always easy, but its fluidity allows for nuance that I think prose does not as easily allow.

The difference is that in the poem, metaphor and imagery create the takeaway. Each reader might not experience the same thing, but the overall message comes through adeptly. In the prose, the reader is told directly what the writer means. And prose writers can be quite poetic. But the reader still might have to do a little work to imagine it and draw the comparison themselves.

In poetry, the transcription of the poet's experience takes over. You see what they see, because the poem allows you to see it. I love that there is no need to reconcile my thoughts with anything but th…

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