A Perennial Question: What is Poetry?
Tonight, one of my children asked me what poetry is. I answered poorly, talking vaguely about lines. (Well, how do you explain it to a five-year-old?!) But it got me thinking again about that imponderable. Does the difference between prose and poetry, perhaps, boil down to this: in poetry, the focus is on the relationships between words, between sounds; in prose, the focus is on the relationship between words and their meanings?
Answers, disagreements and repudiations on a postcard (or, for the social media era, in a comment/tweet/Facebook post).