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24 December 2003 @ 10:36 am
oh yes!  
Oh yes! Fourth corollary, which Mom reminds me to ask:

Do you like poetry? If so, what kind of poetry? Do you read it for pleasure? If you're an imaging reader, does poetry work for you? Tell me, tell me! (I'm really enjoying this discussion. Heehee.)
Jannejanne on December 25th, 2003 07:10 am (UTC)
Hmm. Sometimes, I like poetry. Sometimes I abhor it. I got an insanely expensive book of poems through some book-club recently, from somebody deemed very skillful and important who wrote angsty little mini-poems about the holocaust or something. Just about cured me of ever wanting to read another poem.

Then again, there's the occasional poem that I stumble across that I really like. I was surprised and pleased to find childrens poems by Robert L. Stevenson that I really liked. Or odd things like The Bells of Heaven:

'TWOULD ring the bells of Heaven
The wildest peal for years,
If Parson lost his senses
And people came to theirs,
And he and they together
Knelt down with angry prayers
For tamed and shabby tigers
And dancing dogs and bears,
And wretched, blind pit ponies,
And little hunted hares.

...and to actually get back to answering the question: Nope, no images with poems. Poems are all rhythm and shape and patterns, and don't invoke images any more than a good piece of math or an abstract painting. Or maybe code -- good poem are a bit like a really good bit of programming. All surplus removed until you are left with the essence.

(Okay, kid is pulling on my arm, must run. I'm doomed to not ocmplete a single LJ entry properly during the holidays..)