by Stuart Leventhal
A poetic verse is a short burst of communication, similar to a paragraph, only in poetry there is a distinct importance to the length and phonic sound of the phrase or short bundle of phrases. Poems are arranged in compilations of lines usually, all similarly structure, called stanzas that are more orderly formed than common textual paragraphs. The stanzas of a poem usually all conform to the same beat or rhythm sometimes referred to as the poetic meter. When viewed on a page the verses or stanzas of a poem usually appear to all be similar in length and grouped in a distinct, repeating pattern. These written verses when strung together come to make up inspirational expressions, whimsical musings and innovative communications. Thus a poem generally has a much bigger meaning and many times, even multiple meanings besides its literal, on the surface interpretation.
Poems have been defined as sentimental writing but they are much more. Poetry is putting words to use for more than their literal intended meanings and expanding their purpose. To this end, Poets exploit every aspect of a word and groups of words; their sound, tone, rhythm, formal definition, sentiment and emotional responses.
Our Poet Laureates are considered some of the most intelligent, gifted, imaginative human beings of Man’s history. Hailed for their awe inspiring, phenomenal gifts of expression, their poems are coveted as genius examples of art as well as being studied as genius examples of human development in learning and knowledge. With vision and imagination man’s poets elevate common language and communication to a mystical level that goes beyond even truth, fact, historical records and even challenges our known laws of nature and physics themselves. In regards to poetry, there are no limitations and nothing is impossible.