What Kind of Poem is in Your Pocket?

Today is Poem in Your Pocket day. A day to keep a poem close to you and celebrate this art form with family, friends or classmates. “What makes something a poem?” you may ask. Poetry is about any topic, takes any shape, and can be of any length. There is classic form, like iambic pentameter so famously used by William Shakespeare. Or simple rhyme, like the all time classic “Roses are red, Violets are blue…”

They can be humorous and witty, like Billy Collins’ Litney (poem begins at 1:55).

Or full of sadness, like Gottfried Benn’s Fragments 1953.

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They can be artistic in form and structure, like Dylan Thomas’ work Vision and Prayer.

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They can be under 140 characters, like those contributing to #micropoetry or #poetweet.

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Or they can be epic works, like The Iliad & The Odyssey by Homer.

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What kind of poem is in your pocket?


One Response to What Kind of Poem is in Your Pocket?

  1. Nicholas April 26, 2012 at 6:05 PM #

    Brother of mine
    I know sometimes I may whine
    But deep down I really find you somewhat divine

    You are smarter than you think.
    Smarter than me – in some ways
    Wiser than you know –
    You have experienced pains and joys
    Some twice your age have never seen
    Because of all of this you are three times the man

    Brother of mine
    I could be no prouder
    I could love you no more
    I will always be here for you.
    No matter what occurs –
    No matter what is said or done
    I will never be too far away
    No matter the distance
    You’ll always be in my heart.

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