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““Like a piece of ice on a hot stove
the poem must ride on its own melting.”
It’s interesting how people shy away from poetry, perceiving it to be staid and archaic. It's often perceived as being from the far distant past, which has little presence or place in today’s literary lexicon.
However, most popular song lyrics are poetic in nature and presentation. Most fairy tales and children’s stories are poetic rhymes in nature and presentation. Most commercial advertising ‘jingles’ are poetic or rhyming in nature and presentation. And yet, most people have no interest in poetry.
Poetry is the perfect aphoristic medium for today’s readers for its purpose is to communicate thoughts, ideas, opinions and themes; clearly, concisely and with as much brevity as possible. The poster child for this modern day blend of need and expression is the Epigram. An Epigram is “a short [witty] poem or saying.”
The Epigram is the only literary form that can exist fully in today's '140 characters or less' world of expression. May you discover, or rediscover and enjoy, the power in the Epigram.