Prose isn’t poetry

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Please let me tactfully protest. The submission by Vance W. Torbert III titled “Room D820” (March 29 Weekend Perspectives) purports to be a poem. It is not. It lacks rhyme, rhythm, poetic form, imagistic diction. It is a dramatic little narrative, a prose paragraph lined to mimic free verse. 

Dear Rev. Torbert, try a sonnet, a pair of quatrains or at least a limerick.

ROBERT L. GALE, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Department of English
University of Pittsburgh
Oakland


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