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Last time we discussed the identity and perspective in poetry.

Answering the question on who you are in your poem.

Today I wanted to discuss a little bit about what we write about. Poetry is an excellent tool to describe something we sense with our senses. We paint our world with words. We paint our emotions.

But what do we tell?

Where are the stories? When reading poetry I’m overwhelmed with senses, but where’s the action?

It has not always been like this. Shakespeare wrote his plays in meter; Dante wrote about the descent into the netherworld in terza rima and Homer wrote his stories in poetry.

All very very long, novels in verse.

Modern storytelling is all about prose (albeit using poetic devices), and I feel that almost 90 percent of all poems are describing what you see and sense. Maybe one of the reasons for the decline in popularity of poetry is due to the fact that there are no stories in poems any longer.

What do you feel about poetic storytelling?
Why the chasm between prose and poetry?
What about fiction, is it OK to use your fantasy and still call it poetry?

This is not a prompt, just a discussion, but if you want to tell me a story in poetry we have an Open Link later this week where I would love to see narrative poetry.

Join me in the discussion and tell me your views.