How do you know a poem is a poem? Say you are walking down the street and run into something that looks vaguely like a poem. How can you tell?
The Four Characteristics of Poetry
Line length – Poets choose their own length. Tends to be single line. Truncated. Even at a casual glance you know it's a poem.
Whose woods these are, I think I
His house is in the village, though.
He will not see me stopping here
to watch his woods fill up with snow.
Heightened use of sound – rhyme, alliteration
Tiny Tom tiptoed toward the tree.
The wind eased through the tree's leaves.
Tom's boot hit a root.
He said, "Shoot!"
Rhythm – systemic variation in the flow of sound
I existed in a womb just like an
Came straight from spiritland, my hands balled in a fist
Punching on my mom's stomach, kicking on her cervix
Twitching cause I'm nervous
Thought my intended purpose
Was to be born to reign, not in scorn or vain
But to take on a name, my pops chose for me
Bloodstream full of indo
Developing eyes looking out my belly-button window.
Compression – saying a lot in a few words.
if you like my poems let them
walk in the evening, a little behind you
then people will say
"Along this road i saw a princess pass
on her way to meet her lover ( t was
toward nightfall) with tall and ignorant servants."