ANGELA & BRIAN

WHAT IS A POET ? ANGELA & BRIAN ~ A 7 7 BLANK VERSE SONNET !



 

JOHN BETJEMAN ~ THE POETS POET ~ LISTEN TO CHRISTMAS !

 

WHAT distinguishes Poets from People ?

Firstly it is IMAGINATION ~ The

Ability to see beyond REALITY

And to perceive Hidden Depth & Meaning !

It is this ability that requires

An infinite store of WORDS to express

Insight into Life & Love & Leisure !

 

If ones Native Vocabulary is .......

Inadequate ~ then there are six thousand

Languages to choose from ~ or invent WORDS

Poetic Licence ! Your WORDS must then be

Arranged into lines of appropriate

METER to give the POEM ~ FLOW !  RHYME is .......

NOT ESSENTIAL ~ but aids RECITATION !

 

Thanks for visiting ~ comments welcome ~ Love A & B 🧡🧡🧡

 

This POEM is presented as a 7 7 blank verse Sonnet ~ OK

Each line has ten syllables ~ iambic pentameter !

 

JOHN BETJEMAN is a Classical Poet ~ whose Poems always

have perfect meter and most of them have a consistent Rhyme

Pattern.  They are a delight to recite and his VOCABULARY 

(words) is PERFECT. If one looks at his MANUSCRIPTS ~ there

are many (sometimes minor) alterations until he got it RIGHT.

If you want to be a better POET ~ get a book of John*s Poems

and read ~ mark ~ learn & inwardly digest ! Please make sure

you read them out loud ~ to fully savour each & every WORD !

His Poem CHRISTMAS ~ is my favourite ~ It is the one POEM

of the thousand*s Ive read & recited ~ I wish I had written !  

 

 

 

   

 

Comments10

  • orchidee

    A fine write A&B. I googled on 'iambic-thingy'. Someone had put 'Oh no, not another iambic waffle! heehee.

    • ANGELA & BRIAN

      Thanks UNCLE STEVE ! Please note ~ WITHOUT METER it is PROSE ~ WITH METER it is POETRY ~ OK ! I have added JB reading CHRISTMAS ~ please check. Please you liked it !

      Blessings to YOU & Fearless FIDO
      Yours as always ANGELA & BRIAN 🧡🧡🧡🧡 + 🧡

    • orchidee

      Only just under 7 months to go - wishing the year away - arrgghh!

    • Michael Edwards

      Christmas is great but if I'd written any of his I'd be a happy man. Fine work A&B

      • ANGELA & BRIAN

        THANKS UNCLE MIKE ~ We agree every one a GEM ~ A pity he became Poet Laureate so late in his life. I like the new system 10 years max ! I never rated DUFFEY ~ but I do rate SIMON ARMITAGE and I have a POEM on Him almost ready to publish on MPS. Pleased you liked our Presentation !

        Blessings & Peace & Love
        Yours ANGELA & BRIAN 🧡🧡🧡🧡

      • Andrew Charles Forrest

        Ahh, Sir John
        Fully deserves his statue in St Pancras even the bar in his honor which I have frequented.
        His poem Loneliness helped me I love the englishness of his work a true laureate.
        Wonderful Tribute he inspired and inspires many of us
        Thank you A&B

        • ANGELA & BRIAN

          Thanks ANDREW ~ For ANGELA & I ~ One of the greatest ~ a quitisenial ENGLISHMAN an Edwardian Eccentric and (Like Prince Charles) a lover of all things pre 1950 ! His Poems like Christmas & Joan Hunter Dunn are social comments on the 20's 30's & 40's and *Come Friendly Bombs & fall on SLOUGH* is a masterpiece ! In my POEM I was trying to emphasise FORM (does it look like a POEM ?) and METER (does it sound like a POEM ?) if it does both it is a POEM !

          Blessings & Peace
          Yours ANGELA & BRIAN 🧡🧡🧡🧡

        • dusk arising

          Cor! and there i was thinkin, I could never be a poet. Now you've shown me how I might have a go.

          • ANGELA & BRIAN

            THANKS *DA* ! IN THIS *BLANK VERSE* SONNET ~ We are talking specifically about WRITTEN POETRY. If it is just continuous writing (like a newspaper article or this REPLY) it is classified as PROSE not POETRY. A POEM must have STRUCTURE ~ Lines and Verses and it must have RHYTHM (meter) which should be consistent throughout the POEM ~ OK. A Poem does not have to RHYME but rhyming helps and it is traditional. Classical Poems like Villanelles & Pantoums etc do have strict Rhyme Patterns and a pattern of repeated lines ! The above example is a 7 7 Blank verse Sonnet ~ BECAUSE ~ It has 14 Lines ~ no Rhyme ~ but each Line has 10 Syllables to give it FLOW ~ OK Thanks for your comment !

            Yours ANGELA & BRIAN ~🧡🧡🧡🧡
            This POEM is an A & B Collaboration ~ OK !

            • dusk arising

              Well that might be the way to teach kids how poetry used to be written but i move with the times.

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            • OUTBACK

              "YOUR WORDS ((( MUST )))) THEN - BE ARRANGED into LINES of APPROPRIATE METER `to GIVE THE POEM - FLOW . RYME is NOT ESSENTIAL but AIDS IN = "RECITATION " = ( REPETITION ) ! RIGHT & WRONG* / RULE$ & REGULATION$* are THE CURRENCY* of THE - UNIMAGINATIVE " ! THE SUBJECT of LOVE* - BEING THE PROFESSIONAL* - POET$ - NARCOTIC* - SO - INGESTED* by A SOCIETY* - OBSESSED w ESCAPISM* & THE IMMORTALITY of PLEASURE* - SECURITY* & DIVINITY* !

            • OUTBACK

              ALL FOOL$* - DESIRE* to MATTER & BE FOREVER* " REMEMBERED " ! THE WIZE* - LIVE - DIE & ARE - DONE w IT - ALL* !

              • ANGELA & BRIAN

                Thanks *OUT* ! In your critique you have focussed on several POINTS of FORM & FUNCTION .
                STRUCTURE is very important ~ in Poetry ~ and distinguishes POETRY from PROSE
                There are CLASSICAL FORMS with strict rules of STRUCTURE & SUBJECT. many of these are published on MPS and give much pleasure ! HAIKU (575) SENRYU (575) and TANKA (57577) etc.
                There are also Classical Forms VILLANELLES & PANTOUMS etc which encompass Strict Rhyme Patterns which includes repetition. There are also Classical forms of Sonnets ~ The above is BLANK VERSE (no RHYME) but 14 lines (77) each with TEN SYLLABLES ~ OK.
                Structure does not INHIBIT or RESTRICT creativity ~ rather it enhances it and the Poem is also visually BEAUTIFUL in its written form ~ OK !
                We cannot live in a completly ANACHIST SOCIETY. In an ordered & civilised SOCIETY we must have *Rules of the Road* *Regulations for State Schools* *Legislation for Food Hygeine & Consumption* *Age restrictions for Sexual Activity ~ Alcohol & Tobacco ~ Driving Licences etc* Again this is Logical Legisltion and leds to a Safer ~ more Ordered and Better Society for the MAJORITY ! The same is true of POETRY not all PROSE is POETRY and not all POETRY is PROSE. Before writing & printing ~ POETRY was an ORAL TRADITION and METER & RHYME made it much easier to REMEMBER and pass on to the next GENERATION ~ OK

                Thanks for your Comments & Observations
                YOURS ANGELA & BRIAN 🧡🧡

              • OUTBACK

                SOCIET* IS THE DISEASE THAT IS PASSED ON to THE NEXT DEGENERATION* of LAW ABIDING* - RULE$* of THE ROAD to HELL* = CIVILIZATION* ! THE REGULATIONS of THE " STATE " SCHOOL / FOOLS SYSTEM* to FIT ALL* WITHIN THE CONFINING STRUCTURES of A WELL ( ORDERED }* - FASCIST* / SOCIALIST* - DOMESTICATED - ZOO* ! SOCIETY is SUCH A " ZOO " I'VE NO INTEREST IN - WHATSOEVER* - AT ALL ! I LEAVE IT - TO ROT OUT* - ON IT'S OWN PATHETIC TEARMS* of POLITICAL* - CORRECTNESS* ! ALL WITHIN SUCH SOCIETY* = A CANCER* by SCIENTIFIC* / RELIGIOUS* / ECONOMIC* & PHILOSOPHICAL* - DESIGN$ !

                • ANGELA & BRIAN

                  Thanks for you extra clarification *OUT* ! But I am not talking about The Third Reich (1933 - 45) Nazi Totalitarianism & Ethnic Cleansing ~ BUT ~ About the Democratic Society which prevails throughout the UK (England ~ Scotland ~ Wales & N Ireland) It is a diverse Society in terms of Language & Culture & Creeds & Customns ~ Just as diverse as the USA ~ BUT ~ it is an ORDERED SOCIETY which is why so so many Refugees want to come to live & settle in the UK from much more Despotic & Restrictive Regimes ~ OK !

                  Yours through Poetry ~ ANGELA & BRIAN 🧡🧡

                • Suresh

                  Well now I know, I'm not a poet,
                  And old dogs like me, can't learn new tricks.

                  • OUTBACK

                    " TRIX " are FOR KID$ " !

                    • Suresh

                      STILL LOVE BEING A KID, THERE IS A CERTAIN INNOCENCE AFTER ALL, BEFORE SOCEITY DESTROYS IT,

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                    • OUTBACK

                      BTW* " ETHNIC CLEANSING* " & TOTALITARIANISM is TRANSPIRING PRESENTLY - THROUGHOUT - THE ENTIRE WORLD as THAT'S* - WTF* THE TRUE NATURE of ( POLITIC$ ) * - IS - ALL ABOUT* ! HISTORICALLY* !



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