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What is poetry?
One defintition is 'Writing(or words, or something) from the heart.'

Another of my own from years ago(before i was edumacated) was 'Dumb stuff I don't understand and never will, for smart people.'

I think another was 'A jumble of confusing words from a strange person.'

It can also be just a bunch of rhymes. But I think I'll go with the first one. I think it fits better.

In that sense, my 'poetry' assignments from English class aren't poetry. The teacher just calls it that.

Mad monkey fling poo!

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The following comments are for "What is poetry?"
by SingChi

damn windchime, thanks. but the credit for the first one goest crackpotpoet. I heard it from him first and I decided to put that way of looking at it on the net. I've been told i was wise before. But I prefer wise ass.

To your comment Peneolpe, when I write, I am usually on an emotional high (or am forced to by my evil english teacher[which makes my stuff turn out good]) or really depressed and writing gets rid of those feelings in a way. Like if I put them to paper, that's less that I have to worry about. But I usually have an idea of what I want to write about before I pick up the pen.

And by the way, the poems I've produced from english class assignments. I'm very proud of them. :)

( Posted by: SingChi [Member] On: March 30, 2006 )

Poetry is...
Language that takes more than one direction at a time.

The deep end of the brain pool.

( Posted by: andyhavens [Member] On: April 2, 2006 )

I may be clueless but...
Poetry to me is the stuff that makes the mind wander to places mere words don't go. Something you hear but sounds more like a breath, a whisper or shout then just the normal conversation. Something deep, light or just plain real. Well that is my explanation anyway.

Nae ;0)

( Posted by: nae411 [Member] On: April 4, 2006 )

wow, I didn't think this would be such a popular topic!

( Posted by: SingChi [Member] On: April 4, 2006 )

What is poetry ?
good subject...It hits all people differently...mine usually comes when someone gets my dander up...keep going...Kacee

( Posted by: Nitz Kitty [Member] On: April 5, 2006 )

poetry is .....
for me, that mind blowing, stunning, heart breaking or just plain funny connection, between observing and feeling. Then it becomes the act of getting it down on paper before it becomes one with the ether. After that, and for me the most important part, is crafting the piece into a work that will in some way transfer the original event into language that will recreate for the reader, my experience. Then as Pen suggested, someone out there can read it and experience something completely different or unexpected. Not that that bothers me. I just love to be read. I admit it. this is indeed a good subject singchi,

( Posted by: Huni [Member] On: April 5, 2006 )


The ethereal silver thread of life
when bleeding from a hand,
leaves words and lines upon a page,
true hearts can understand.
Within this pool of consciousness
and living energy,
is born the link
from Soul to Soul,
that's known as Poetry.


This poem, now posted, was originally intended as a response to you question so I 've brought it back to where it was born....

Have Fun,


( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: April 8, 2006 )

Fantastic, Lucie!
Well, I like it, anyway. Guess I'm still in my personal infancy (and not always civil, nevermind civil-society!) But poetry still has my attention - as rattle and teddybear by turns...

( Posted by: MobiusSoul [Member] On: April 10, 2006 )

forgive me, but I don't know what it means windchime.

( Posted by: SingChi [Member] On: April 11, 2006 )

Mental Rattle
mentle rattle.....

My mind was full
of loose knit thoughts
all rattling about.
They jingled so
I knew that I
must somehow
shake them out.

They wouldn't depart
from out my lips,
but bled out
through my hand.
And formed themselves
in little lines
that all could

From random, rattling,
nagging thoughts
was brought to life, you see,
the artform born from
mental wake
we now call Poetry!

( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: April 11, 2006 )

2 cents worth
Using words to say something you can't say in words.

( Posted by: gomarsoap [Member] On: April 15, 2006 )

poetry is just the mirror that will tell the truth about you

what poetry means to me:

( Posted by: fairgrace [Member] On: April 15, 2006 )

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