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November 2, 2009 |
When I was in grade school, I was taught that a poem has to rhyme.
What I hear you read on Writer's Almanac, to me is NOT poetry. I say its an essay.
Why do you call them "poems" when they don't rhyme?
Poems may rhyme but it's not required all the time.
If they don't, it's called free verse, or vers libre.
It's like a zebra:
Whether he is in the zoo or running free,
He's a zebra. Same with poetry.
You can call them essays,
But essays don't put their heads down and graze.