Chocolate vs. Rampaging Bear
December 15, 2012 § 2 Comments
I read something that really made me stop to think: it said something like “I hate sonnets!”
(I write sonnets, by the way.)
I couldn’t understand for the life of me what could make these poems so odious. Alongside this declaration was included as corroborating evidence a quote by some guy named Carlos, who was presumably a really good poet forty years ago, who said something about cutting up crabs and putting them into a box. That’s what happens when you write sonnets, you see. Too structured. Too rigid.
Well, I thought about it, and I’m not so sure I agree. Poetry is not the sort of thing where only one method is right, or good, or capable of expressing a meaningful thought at a given place and time. Sonnets work for me. They just.. work.
I’ve written free verse before too; methinks I’ll do it again someday. Come to think of it, I wrote a free poem just this morning. Made up my own meter, it was 2-3-4-4-3 or something like that. (Hey wait.. if it has a regular meter is it still free?) Anyway, it doesn’t matter – I’ve posted non-rhyming poems on my blog a couple times at least.
The point is this. This is what it boils down to: peace, love and acceptance, homies. I’m all about reading some awesomely-written free verse, even if I’m not necessarily good at it myself. By the same token, though, I would hope that those poets who contend that free verse is the only way to prevent cutting the crab of our modern-day culture would take a chill pill and love on some rhymed iambic pentameter.
Sonnets aren’t bad. Peace to the poets.
PS. I almost forgot about the title. The title means precisely this: free verse can be like a rampaging bear in all its rawness and brute strength and unaffectedness. Structured poetry, though it can also be so, is more often like delicious chocolates. They’re made into a little boxy shape, true – but there’s variety, and there’s flavor, there’s melt-in-your-mouth goodness. What more do you need?
-Joshua Owens, 12/14/2012
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So what do you think? What sort of poetry do you prefer to read and/or write?