What makes good poetry?
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What makes good poetry? I just had the great misfortune of attending a "Mic Night". To put things shortly, it was basically a total circlejerk for a bunch of pretentious wanna-be poets (the kind that snaps when two words rhyme) who pretty much only wrote "slam" poetry. It left me believing that they had no idea what real poetry was; but it got me thinking about what differentiates "good" poetry (Federico Garcia Lorca, Blake) from the crap that my peers are writing?
And what I'm writing
My basic thought was that great poetry generally has some deeper meaning, unlike slam which completely superficially. And then you've got rhythm, structure, rhyme, etc. which are generally completely disregarded in the latter.
>tl;dr What does /lit/ think of slam poetry? What makes a great poem?
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Is there symbolism in this? If so, what is it? If not, what is it talking about?
"This cosmic dance? of bursting decadence and withheld permissions twists all our arms collectively. But, if sweetness can win, and it can, then I'll still be here tomorrow to high-five you yesterday, my friend. Peace..."
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Any of you moderately into religious text??
I'm doing an essay on what the "American Religion" is now, and how/by what it is defined. Also supposed to be a theoretical comparison between a couple of works, Carl F. Starkloff's "The People of the Center of the Earth: American Indian Religion and Christianity," Brett E. Carroll's "Religion in America," and Charles H. Lippy's "American Religion."
I am trying to find a way to explain how the formation and evolution of Christianity in the Americas (from Puritanism till now) helped create what we know as religious history in the Americas today.
The theoretical comparison part isn't as important as the "define American Religion" part.
I'm about 3 pages in but now feel drained of all religious knowledge.
Soooo anyone have any suggestions?
What is American religion to you?
I'll be on this thread if anyone wants to have some conversation, or just share thoughts. Any help would be appreciated.