Pattern Poetry

We now come to one of the typical aspects of pattern poetry, that is its characteristic function of serving very specific social purposes as occasional verse. Occasional verse has a bad reputation since most of us assume that poetry is intended only to serve eternity.

But the very fact that pattern poetry is visual, that it involves shapes, means that it is recognized as adding to its subject matter through shape — to affect us emotionally. If the language or visual appeal are flat, and seem dated, the poem survives through detail and pieces of experience.

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