Poetry or Prose?
What makes a good poem?
Form and Content
Poetry or Prose?
Some questions to consider:
Does the piece make use of metaphorical or figurative language?
Does it have concreteness, particularity, sensuous shape?
Is it a piece that should not be read on its literal sense alone?
The use of metaphorical/figurative language is the use of the different figures of speech.
Figures of speech gives us the pleasure of recognizing similarities in the otherwise different natures of objects
By concreteness, we mean poetry’s use of visuals in terms of IMAGES.
By particularity, we mean the use of specific objective reality or situation, a particular emotion, or a particular point of theme.
Literal vs Figurative
Is it a piece that should be read on the literal sense alone?
Figurative language-A form of language use in which writers and speakers convey something other than the literal meaning of their words.
Literal language -A form of language in which writers and speakers mean exactly what their words denote.
SNAIL by Conchitina Cruz
You fall behind
Because of the cloud
On your back.
It is heavy
When I stop
In the cloud,
Choosing to drown.
2. ORGANIC UNITY
All the parts work together. Every element in it contributes to the meaning and the beauty of the work.
A good poem then possesses concentration and intensity that makes it memorable.
Brings an engagement of the senses, the emotional, the mind.
Poetry may be this or that, but it shouldn’t necessarily be this or that, except delirious and lucid.
ANG PUSANG ITIM
Ang pusa sa aking durungawan ay
Payat at itim gaya
Ng iyong pag-ibig
Labis siyang matakaw
At kahit balat ng mani ay
Hapunan sa kanya
Puso ko’y lunod sa ungol
Dahil di nagbunga ang samo ko sa’yo
At ubos na ang pulot ng aking puso
Na inatake niya ang isdang tanging
Ulam ko sa papag at padambang
Tinangay ito sa palupad ng kisame