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Poetry is Our Prison MAG

March 6, 2010
By lana324 BRONZE, Riverview, Florida
lana324 BRONZE, Riverview, Florida
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Poetry is an outlet, yet it confines you.
Constricting the mind to stay within set parameters
And dictates to you how to express your thoughts.

Poetry is a prison.
It is prison of the mind
That allows emotions
To run rampant
And thoughts to

The cold steel bars bend and flex the mind
To its fullest potential.
Restricted to iamb and scheme.

Even Free Verse is not free;
A misnomer in itself.
It must obey some sort of poetic form
To be called Free, does it not?

And if not, then why call it poetry

Instead of prose?

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S M Wells said...
on Oct. 14 2010 at 8:37 pm
I think this dose not aply with me at all, I find that that the very confinement of poetic form, only braudens the thoughts already held on the subject. So, If you mean, confineds what you put on the paper... Yes. But over all, I think it's a mentaly healthy exersise.

trblue GOLD said...
on Oct. 8 2010 at 9:26 am
trblue GOLD, Richmond, Virginia
14 articles 7 photos 141 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Too often we lose sight of life's simple pleasures. Remember, when someone annoys you, it takes 42 muscles in your face to frown. It only takes 4 muscles to extend your arm and slap that mother@#?!&* upside the head. "

l liked how free not really free, if it has restrictions.

on Oct. 7 2010 at 6:41 pm
MidnightWriter SILVER, Ontario, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Writers are a less dangerous version of the career criminal. Everywhere they go, they see the potential for the perfect crime. The difference is that writers have better self control.

It's a thoughtful piece for both reader and ,it appears, writer. It's well written.

on Sep. 29 2010 at 7:06 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
40 articles 2 photos 1632 comments

Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

A very interesting piece. I love it: you describe the confinement of poetry through a poem. It's doubtlessly well written and thought out. I must spend more time to dwell on your complicated words.