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The Rules of Poetry - Rule No 1
John_Little - 3-6-2009 at 09:51

The Rules of Poetry.

Poetry rules Ė ok
Or so the poets say
But isnít it ironic, that
They should feel that way?

When what they seek
With pen poised over page
Is an escape from the prosaic
And mundane verbal cage

They write of freedom and of love
Of birds all flying free
But anally confine themselves
Is that not an elegy?

How then do I love thee
Let me count the words
Iíve got to get the rhythm right
And what word rhymes with words?

Nimuae - 3-6-2009 at 16:14

There is rhyme - but it is rude - so we won't mention it !!

I like the witty poem.

Mary2 - 4-6-2009 at 12:20


As I eat it on my brownie
Not doubting it's sweet
Ice cream is a tasty treat
Lots of lingering taste
Lasting to the end
Always my favourite!

The dying plant bends
And drips its dew to the ground
It falls like a tear

My English teacher wants me to use imagination
So I go to math class and let my mind go on vacation!

A flea and a fly in a flue
Were caught, so what could they do?
Said the fly, "Let us flee."
"Let us fly," said the flea.
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.
Examples that follow rules of some sort

John_Little - 4-6-2009 at 12:25

Actually, Mary2, that is quite a good link that should be added to the proper "poetry rules" thread.

But here is one by a bloke whose name escapes me that bends the rules a bit.

There was a young man from Dundee
Who was stung on the neck by a wasp
When asked "did it hurt?"
He said, "no, not much
He can do it again, if he likes"

Nimuae - 4-6-2009 at 12:36

The answer may be here ...


John_Little - 4-6-2009 at 12:47

Well, it seems that that poem has been copied quite a lot on various sites but with no acreditation.

When I first heard it, it was recited by a Scottish poet/comedian on the telly. I cant remember his name for the life of me but he did that show where there was a small theatre group but all the "action" took place back stage.

If that rings any bells I will be amazed.

Springer - 5-6-2009 at 07:42

I like that John! :D

John_Little - 5-6-2009 at 07:58

Thank you, Springer.

Specially for noticing that the last line was intentional.