A Look at Traditional Poetry and Shape Poems
Traditionalists believe that poems give longevity and life to what
was transitory and particular. It is through them, that the poet
expresses his vision, real or imaginary, and he does so in forms which
are understandable and enjoyable to others, and likely to stimulate
emotions similar to his own. Poetry is an organized language for
aesthetic reasons. Whatever it does, poetry must bear witness, must
fulfill the saying: 'let not my heart forget what mine eyes have seen.'
A poem is known by the feeling that dictates it and that which it
conveys, by the economy and resonance of its language, and by the
creative power that combines, intensifies and improves experience.
Poems bear a relationship to real life but are equally autonomous and
independent forms that consist within themselves the purpose why they
are so and not otherwise. Unlike discourse, which takes place by logical
methods, poetry is intuited fully as a representation of thought or
feeling. On the other hand, prose is an abbreviation of reality: poetry
is its intensification. Poems are known to have a transcendental quality
because there is a sudden transformation through which words assume a
special importance. Traditional poetry is an embodiment of human values,
not a kind of syntax.
Traditional poetry can either be verse or prose. Verse has a metrical
element and an inner music is the core of poetry. Poetry without music
real or imaginary will wither and die overtime. The tone of poetry is a
fiction that doesnít belong to the speaker or the audience. Though
poetry without contrivance is possible but the quality is poorer. The
meaning of slowly changes with the use of period but using laymanís
words in poems will defeat the poetís purpose.
Shape poetry on the one hand is a way of breaking up from the
conventional or traditional poetry. The focus is on visual effects made
by the words which replace the typical verse forms.
type of poetry is inspired by surrealism as well as Dada in order to
escape the limitations of the conventional verse and also to breathe a
new range and fresh vitality into poetry through the blending of images
and words. The use of semiotics in Shape poetry also provided more
inspiration, this time poetry is not words but can be an object to be
seen and read.
The word processors providing additional driving force to concrete
poetry because now poets are free to find out more about the use of
computer-generated images and poems. In Shape poems, the text should be
read together with the shape in which it is embodied.
In shape poetry the words must be outlined to take the form of the
topic. If the poem is about a star, the texts used are arranged in the
form of a star. You are free to choose to write your poem in rhyming
fashion or not. In the traditional poetry, Prose does not require a
rhyming verse but the words must not be too ordinary or the spirit of
poetry is lost.
Meanwhile, shape poems can be simply written without fear of losing its
essence. Rhyming or not doesnít affect anything at all. Using laymanís
terms or words has no bearing in shape poems. These characteristics are
the reasons why shape poetry is considered a breakaway from the
traditional one. It is not limited by the constraints that are strongly
present in conventional poetry.
As you can see, it would be difficult for any child to create a
traditional poem because ordinary words cannot be used in this but in
shape poems you are free to describe or express your thoughts in any
manner you like.