To some people a poem that doesn’t rhyme isn’t really a poem. Just what exactly is poetry? Webster’s says it best, I think. “Writing that formulates a concentrative imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound and rhythm.”
Check out the concentrative part. Poetry can express in just a few words what we might take paragraphs to say in narrative form. Each word is important, and the arrangement of those words as explained above of equal importance. Notice in Marilyn’s blog how the few words painted a distinct picture. “Meaning, sound and rhythm.” Poetry can be a great lesson for prose writers, as well, by eliminating useless words and choosing the best we can pull out of our own crafted writer’s storehouse, as well as a thesaurus. Sounds of words can attract or distract the reader. Rhythm is more than rhyme, it is the flow of words, sentences and paragraphs.
Can you guess where the word poem comes from? The Greek word “poeima” from “poieo,” to do, make. In God’s Word it is used in Romans 1:20—“the things that are made,” and Ephesians 2:10—“(His) workmanship.” What are we to God, then? His poems!