"What makes a poem a great poem?” by Dave Chambers
Before we begin to think about the Great Poems of literature we spend a few minutes answering the first part of the workshop question:- What is it that makes a piece of writing a poem, as opposed to a novel, play, short story, essay, letter or anything else you can think of?
We will examine well known poems that have been labelled 'great' and not so well known poems that have hardly been heard of, but could be candidates. We will then try to get at whether it is what is being said or how it is being said, while taking into consideration the life and times of the author, by considering and analysing the wording, and what we can take from it that will help our writing and understanding of poetry.
Dave Chambers is a long standing member of Newham Writers Workshop, which is a group member of TheFED - A Network of Writing and Community Publishers' and a member of the Executive Committee of TheFED.