Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Larissa Shmailo : part five

What do you feel poetry can accomplish that other forms can’t?

Poetry can capture an idea or emotion in telegraphic form; see Mayakovsky’s “lightning telegrams” in his last poem before his suicide. A poem can confuse its readers delightfully; we are allowed to tell it slant and make people work to understand our meaning as poetic language, meter, and sound values draw them in almost against their will.  There is an immediate connection between a good poem and the reader that is not often captured by other genres.

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