Toward a Definition of Poetry Part IV: An Interlude on Critical Technique

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex . . .” In the midst of my research for part four of this series, I received the first bit of criticism directed toward my articles. An admired acquaintance—a poet whose talent in description is first rate—was taken aback by a statement made in the second essay [...]

Toward a Definition of “Poetry” Pt. III

Part III: Keeping of Accent I. Iambic Pentameter's Beginnings The motivations behind the inception of Iambic Pentameter are widely available to be read online; one need only turn to Wikipedia for an accurate discussion on the matter. Less clear, however, is precisely when in the 14th century our English meter came into usage, and who [...]

Towards a Definition of Poetry: Part II

Part II: Lifeless Meter 1. The Misunderstood Rules of Bygone Eras It was a young college professor, and widely-published poet, who once set my mind on the the problem of poetry's recent failure. Upon sharing some of my, admittedly youthful, poetry with this woman, she at once commented, “I wish I could kill the old [...]