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John wrote:

> Mangiat scripsit:
>
> > They're not good poetry, I know... And I am particularly critical
towards
> > poetry with no rhymes, assonances and the like ;-) But I do share what
they
> > think.
>
> Almost a hundred years ago, formal poetry came to seem artificial, forced,
> or childish to those writing in English, and it became necessary to find
> a new way.  I don't know that the new way has been quite discovered yet,
> but a lot of good poetry has been made in the search.
>

It happened in Italian poetry, as well. But I personally tend to see the
offspring of these experiments lacking poetic devices as poetic prosa,
rather than poetry. IMHO many songs composed by our "cantautori" following
traditional poetic tricks as rhymes, allitterations etc. are much better,
both formally and aesthetically, than most contemporary written poetry.

Luca