Sunday, 26 August 2012


The best poetry should transcend the passing fashions of the time so it remains relevent to the future generations yet to come. We need to return to what Ezra Pound called 'melopoiea'"wherein the words are charged, over and above their plain meaning, with some musical property". Rhyme is useful to create this effect, embracing the traditional guide lines of English prosody which have served genius well in the past. Robert Frost said that "Free Verse is like playing tennis without a net". Nowadays there are poems published in even the best Literary Magazines consisting merely of prose broken up into line breaks and called poetry. Every century needs a genius to sweep away the rubbish of the past and set a new standard for the next generation.He is yet to come

Alan Jacobs

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