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Poetry & Light Verse

I'm very conscious of the distinction between "poetry" and "light verse."  However, like the distinctions between "literary fiction" and "popular fiction," sometimes the line is blurry. Poetry and literary fiction are kin; light verse and popular fiction are kin. 

When you read William Shakespeare or Robert Frost, you know you're reading "poetry."
When you read Edward Lear or Ogden Nash you know you're reading "light verse."

How then, can you interpret those that are on the cusp - teetering like mugwumps? I wonder if it really matters. If you like the result, you're happy reading it and isn't that what matters? Another issue is that of which is "better" or "more important."  Elitists like to think that poetry is "higher on the scale" than light verse. What scale? I've read good poetry and bad poetry. I've read good light verse and bad light verse. And written the same. I've won prizes in each for my good ones; had each type published.  Shakespeare, Frost, Lear, Nash, and numerous others will have their work remembered forever. I'm content, though, to share my work with family, friends, and a certain number of the reading public.

Poetry

Light Verse


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