does look different, doesn't
Here's a poem to remind you of what most poetry looks
like (and to demonstrate it, too).
The Three Rs of
Poetry, much of the
Has regular rhythm, and rhyme--
carefully sets down its
Within regular lines, very
That lists the
"three Rs" of most poetry: it has rhythm, and rhyme--and it shows up in regular lines, too, like those short lines
doesn't always follow those "rules," especially graphic
poetry. The only real "rule" for poetry is this: Say
things in an interesting way.
In my book of graphic
poetry (Outside The Lines: Poetry At Play), I often
wrote a regular poem with rhythm and
rhyme, which could be printed in
regular lines -- but then I'd move the
words to make a graphic "picture"
the poem is about.
So the poems work "inside
the lines"--or Outside The Lines. Would you like to see one
go back and forth?