dates several years back. The common feature between ancient andmodern poems is that they are memorable speeches. Poets have achallenge of making their poems memorable to the target audiences.Some support the use of fixed forms while others advocate freeverses. My opinion is that a memorable poem needs to be a formalverse. According to the readings, things like repetition, assonance,stress, and consonance aids memory, and speech. Use of these featuresin a poem makes it understandable to all audiences, as opposed to afree verse poem, which lack rhythm and rhyme making it lesspleasurable.
Manyaudiences value the sense of pleasure in poems. It mainly resultswhen a poet utilizes the formal but not the free verse format. Freeverses mainly belong to elites, for they lack the beat, essential tounderstanding a poem. It is, therefore, essential for poets to stickto the traditional ways of writing poems. They should observerepetition, alliteration, imagery, rhyme, and other techniques. Thisis because poems originated from oral tradition utilizing ofmnemonic devices such as word play and patterns of repetition, whichmakes it possible for an audience to remember a certain poem. Therules of writing a formal verse poem are also easy for any interestedaudience to learn.
Themain issue affecting free verse poems is the notion that they have norules or predetermined forms. Students think they can write freeverses by just writing an essay and breaking it into lines. The poetsneed to change this notion by ensuring their poems have properpunctuation, collaboration of vocabulary, and line break. Thoseutilizing free verses rebel against the use of fixed forms, termingit undemocratic. However, for a poem to be enjoyable, it has to bememorable, and free verse poems are difficult to memorize becausethey lack mnemonic devices, thus less enjoyable.