Poetry has changed a lot over the years. The so-called free verse has dominated the poetry scene for around a decade. Its proliferation has attempted to close the door on formal poetry.
Free verse poets have taken the line that free verse poetry must be devoid of rime, meter, or any hint of form. In most respects it is anything goes, making a mockery of poetry. The implication is that anyone can write poetry because everyone is a poet. In general, there is an absence of any poetic device. Hence, we are reading prose, the format butchered and appearing as traditional poetry.
Some of the common complaints about formal verse are that it:
All three are absurd and ignorant statements. When considered in the context of formal poetry we understand why.
Consider the origin of each statement:
The point of originality in formal poetry comes from the use of a specified format or pattern of verse. To say that a poem is unoriginal due to its form poses questions about the originality of free verse poets.
Any poem will have some order of creativeness about it no matter how simple or complex. The only thing that is not creative is a prattling and unstructured piece of prose that imitates a poem. This is modern free verse.
The restrictive nature of formal verse we understand. But it is the skill of the poet to work within the confines of the form to produce a memorable poem. From others we hear complaints about rules as they proceed to venerate the charms of haiku. Is it that they are not particularly good at haiku either?
At this point it may appear that I have a dislike for free verse. In many ways yes, but only what we continue to see today. The most trivial thoughts, prattle, or brain-dump, call it what you will. This is not to say that there are poets who produce excellent free verse poetry. It is interesting to note that these poets were also talented formal verse poets. Now that should tell you something; they knew what they were doing.
Now is the time for the formal poet to make themselves known. Creating beautiful, enchanting, and structured poems. Ignore the work that currently infects every poetry community.
Bring back the days when poetry was a joy to read and an inspiration to many.
Supporting the Formalist Poetry Movement.
If a poem is not memorable, there's probably something wrong. One of the problems of free verse is that much of the free verse poetry is not memorable.
— Robert Morgan