Prose or Poetry?

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"The blank verse is so understated that a reader might at first mistake the lines for prose."

-From Sharon Hamilton's Essential Literary Terms page 235

I really agree with Hamilton's comment here about blank verse poetry.  For most of my life I only thought of a poem as being "Roses are red, violets are blue..."-you know the rest.  I never really considered anything longer than a page a poem until I learned about blank verse poetry in high school.  Although blank verse seems to be less restrictive than a sonnet, this is not true when length is considered.  I really admire those who are able to write very long poems in blank verse.  I have read many British authors in my Major British Writers course who have been able to write these long, yet meaningful poems.  I enjoy these so much more than regular poems because they are able to tell stories that are fun and exciting while still restricting themselves in a more formal way.


Stephanie Wytovich said:

You make a very good point Erica :)
I was the same way growing up! Blank and free verse was always a mystery to me until sophomore year when we started learning the art behind it. Now I think it is more interesting than rhyming poetry!

Greta Carroll said:

I agree with you completely Erica. Just because it does not have as strict a form does not make it easier. In some cases, I think fewer restrictions make it harder. With more freedom (and much more space) it is far easier to get off track or lose the tone of the poem. Both sonnets and blank verse each have their own set of challenges.

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