Poetry

“No poem should be an urn to contain a meaning, but a net to catch what meanings float through the day.”
—J. D. McClatchy, Academy of American Poets Chancellor (1996-2003)

One way we will use poetry is to investigate the concept of literary merit. 

Laurence Perrine in Sound and Sense defines three useful terms to help us distinguish the merit of particular poems.  These terms are sentimentality, rhetorical (over-written), and didactic and can be applied to poetry that lacks literary merit.  Read about each term and its definition in the file below.

We can also use this page of our website as a way to collect and comment upon poems.  Poems you believe are of literary merit or poems you believe have one of the three flaws pointed out by Perrine, can be posted in the comments section.  
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David Albano,
Apr 23, 2015, 9:38 AM
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David Albano,
Sep 7, 2014, 6:02 AM
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