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Half Poet's Perception Of Real Poetry

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listing things that are genuine “elephants pushing”, (13) “a wild horse taking a roll”, (13) “the baseball fan” (15-16) all of these ideas being things that are for genuine people. “One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry,” (19-22)
In these lines Moore shows how she feels about the way poetry has come over the years. Moore is saying that not anyone is able to be a poet and sometimes these “half poets” (21) attempt to write poems but “the result is / not poetry.” (21-22) This goes back to the first line in Moore’s poem when she spoke about the importance of poetry beyond all the fiddling that people do with it. According to her, fiddling around with words to make them make sense isn’t poetry. She then goes on to write “literalists of the imagination” (24-25) meaning that poets should write about real or genuine things in life in an artistic way. “imaginary gardens with real toads in them” (27) again going to the idea that something real needs to be spoken about in order for these poems to be considered real poetry. Through out this poem Moore
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“A poem should be palpable and mute / As a globed fruit” (1-2) meaning that a poem should speak to its reader, it should be something a reader is able to feel within themselves. By relating poetry to a globed fruit, Macleish shows the reader the idea that poetry should be something that’s raw and real. “A poem should be wordless / As the flight of birds.” (7-8) the idea of the peaceful and quiet flight of birds. According to MacLeish in these lines, poems should speak to people but they should speak silently. Poems shouldn’t be bold messages to readers but they should make readers feel emotions through
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