Guest Blog: What is Poetry? by The Ranting Papizilla

Today we have a guest blog from the hard-working, talented poet, The Ranting Papizilla.  Enjoy!

Charles asked me a few weeks back for a guest post about what poetry is. I have thought long and hard about that very question for many weeks now. I believe I have an answer.

Poetry has different meanings to different people at different times. So my definition of what poetry is, will be completely different than what it means to you. Why is that? Poetry is a fluid animal, picture a Tiger in the jungle. Muscles rippling, it’s movements lithe and light, with all the beauty and grace of its species yet with unmistakable power. To see one is poetic in and of itself. To ponder one is also an exercise in poetry.

Another example of poetry is that of water. It takes the form of whatever contains it, yet if it is powerful enough, it can sweep even the strongest person away. Throughout history there are many examples of poetry doing just that. Each one of you have a favorite poem. Why is it your favorite? What about it drew you in? The tone? Rhythm? Structure or form? Does it also speak to others as it speaks to you, or is it yours alone?

Making love to a beautiful woman is poetry. Especially if it is done right! (Ladies back me up here… 😀 ) An eagle in flight, soaring high above the landscape is poetic. Nature as a whole is poetry in motion, from the gently swaying trees to the sheer raw power of the grandest storm. A falling tree can lend itself to a poem, a blade of grass with a bead of morning dew can give immense inspiration. The buzzing flight of the busy bumble bee can cause the spark of an idea.

Poetry can make you laugh, cry, despair and feel tremendous pride. All within a few stanzas or lines. The very design of poetry is to elicit a base response. Whether good or ill, its intentions are to inflame the passions of the populace. When done correctly it can do and be all of these things. Again, the correctness of a poem is in the eye/ear/voice of the beholder. One person’s Poe may be another person’s trash. Subjective, completely reliant upon point of view and simply you cannot please everyone.

That, to me is what poetry is. What is it to you? Did I capture it correctly? Am I way off base here? Charles, what do you think? This has been a lot of fun, thank you for having me Charles, and thank you for stopping by.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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20 Responses to Guest Blog: What is Poetry? by The Ranting Papizilla

  1. Papizilla says:

    Reblogged this on The Ranting Papizilla and commented:
    My Guest Blog on Legends Of Windemere! Check it out people!


  2. Papizilla says:

    A darn fine article if I do say so myself. 😀 Thank you for the opportunity Charles, I do appreciate it a great deal.


  3. Great post. I certainly agree poetry can mean different things to you at different points in your life.


  4. Poetry is the dimensional meta-coding
    of formal definitions. Conversation
    tones, normally, own just those
    words zoned for linear exclamation,
    sufficient momentary efficiencies, and
    the daylight rational explanation of
    hooking and reeling in thought. If wrought
    in prose, tonic sparks attract, like love,
    the non-creative man’s atomic arts: fought
    inner tendency, forgotten lusts, and lone
    dreams. Poetry encodes the me

    you’ve never known or seen.

    You hit on the one thing I hoped (and knew) you would, Pap… it’s formlessness.



  5. ioniamartin says:

    Absolutely. I have only begin writing poems and yet I feel as though I can put so much into so few words. Great guest blog.


  6. Bastet says:

    Reblogged this on Bastet and Sekhmet and commented:
    A wonderful and deep discription of what Poetry is…have a look and admire!


  7. Sahm King says:

    Reblogged this on We Drink Because We're Poets and commented:
    People, check it out! Pap’s take on a question that afflicts most of us: What is Poetry? What do you think?


  8. I’d say that was a very poetic take on what poetry is… 😉


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  10. Spot on and poetry in motion for me, your words danced across the page and spoke volumes. I am learning slowly that it is the basis of all good writing. Thank you enjoyed this very much.


  11. Tuan Ho says:

    This article was poetry itself. Great stuff.

    Shared. 🙂


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