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Do words mean more if they are said poetically?

Asked by jo_with_no_space (1462points) April 16th, 2009

What is the implicit value of poetry, if it has any? Are you a poet? What does poeticism mean to you?

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robmandu's avatar

Oh, most certainly.

[ Maybe I should qualify it to say that words mean more if they are read poetically. ]

wundayatta's avatar

Poetry is just prose with weird line breaks. Except when there’s rhyme and meter.

sakura's avatar

To me actions speak louder than words any time of the day (or night!)

cookieman's avatar

Poetry has value foremost as an expressive art form. It is secondly a form of communication.

When simple communication is the primary goal, clear word choice and basic sentence structure is the way to go.

Then, of course, there’s advertising and creative writing where hyperbole and drama rule the day, respectively

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

That’s a tightrope right there.

Bad poetry will kill any moment.
Good poetry will have a huge impact.

_bob's avatar

No. Good prose can have poetry down faster than a calf at a rodeo show.

Russell_D_SpacePoet's avatar

They mean more to someone, when spoken poetically. When I write, It’s like taking my soul and smearing it on the page. Not all moments require that depth of expression. At the right moment however, poetry is perfect. Even if it’s slightly imperfect.

Jeruba's avatar

Words that don’t mean much in the first place can’t be made to mean more by being arranged with the use of poetic devices. The words can pose as something that means more, but they don’t have any more substance to them. Empty words remain empty words even with a layer of paint on them.

Poetic devices can certainly enhance meaning that is present and can also call upon systems beyond the literal, such as sensory, symbolic, and intuitive, to add layers and dimensions of meaning, to underscore or enhance meaning, and to extend meaning. They can turn the author’s information about an experience or description of an experience into an evocation of the experience in the mind and heart of the reader.

KalWest's avatar

“I close my eyes. And this image floats beside me. A sweaty-toothed madman with a stare that pounds my brain. His hands reach out and choke me. And all the time he’s mumbling. Mumbling, “Truth. Truth is like a blanket that always leaves your feet cold. You push it, stretch it, it’ll never be enough. You kick at it, beat it, it’ll never cover any of us. From the moment we enter crying to the moment we leave dying, it will just cover your face as you wail and cry and scream.” (Tom Schulman, Dead Poets Society}

Yes. Words mean more if they are said poetically.

jo_with_no_space's avatar

@sakura In that case, which types of word speak louder?

@Russell_D_SpacePoet I love that, the thought that the words, the creation is perfect because of the fact it HAS been created. Do you believe, then, that all poetry and creativity has implicit value?

mattbrowne's avatar

The right half of your brain gets stimulated as well. So poetry can create a spectacular fireworks in your head. Literally.

sakura's avatar

It depends some poetry is best read aloud and means more when it is – especially if its rhythmical and read allowed in the right way. But some poetry speaks deeper to your heart and therefore the readers own interpretation, in their own head means that the poem begins to mean more to them. Hope that makes sense!
I like writing poetry, but not too keen on sharing it, as they are personal to me.

Jeruba's avatar

@jo_with_no_space, do you mean inherent or intrinsic (belonging to something by its very nature) rather than implicit (implied or potential)?

jo_with_no_space's avatar

@Jeruba Interesting point there… I mean inherent, and intrinsic too. I meant implicit in the sense of unspoken, assumed, as opposed to explicit.

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