The Arresting Poem
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The question of poetry’s identity as a form of creative writing used to be easier to answer. If the words rhymed and had a regular meter (a type of rhythm), they probably constituted a poem. As cliché goes, “If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck, it must be a duck.”
However, these days, not all poems rhyme or fit into standard forms. Moreover, poets and literary theorists alike are fond of offering musings about how important and meaningful poetry ...