Apollo, god of the sun, music, and poetry‘God Save Poetry’ by Don Shook The Society February 15, 2021 Beauty, Culture, Humor, Poetry 6 Comments There is a scourge that permeates our midstWhich we cannot so easily dismiss.Elitists strive to elevate this curse;A type of art most poets call free verse. True poetry once rhymed and had some form,A style evoking passion was the norm;But now these attributes are deemed archaicAs it makes little difference how you say it. To be successful and not called a boreYou must engorge your work with metaphor;And that your subject matter’s less than drivelIs not a matter over which to quibble. So lose the punctuation, it’s too quaint;And end a sentence where its ending ain’t.Abstraction then becomes the end of means,Depicting not what is but what it seems. You dare not look on free verse with disdainOr devotees will challenge your domain,And ostracize each work that you createAs being shallow, mundane, or too late. And so we hail the era of free verse,And poetry could suffer nothing worse;It really isn’t poetry…you see,Let’s call it what it is… it’s prosetry,It’s poetrose…it’s esoteric claptrap! . . Don Shook, wearing the many hats of actor, director, producer and author, has award-winning scripts, television shows, and theatrical productions in his bag of credits. Formally with NBC in New York, he performed at Carnegie Hall in Tom Booth’s opera “Gentlemen In Waiting”, announced on air for WNBC, and was part of “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. He also taught music and drama at Texas A&M at Commerce, Duncanville High School, Temple Jr. College, Greenville Junior High and Brookhaven College in Dallas. Mr. Shook has written five novels, four screenplays, an acting handbook and over a dozen teleplays and wrote, directed and produced three shows, in Branson, Missouri. He has conducted Masters Acting Workshops for Stage West Theatre in Fort Worth and at The Granbury Opera Academy in Granbury, Texas. www.donshook.com/dshook3 NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 6 Responses Paul Freeman February 15, 2021 The notion of free verse, he wouldn’t brook; at spotting such atrocities, Don shook. It’s not much comfort, but women’s magazines that publish verse tend to ask for meter and rhyme. I enjoyed your poem, but must confess I occasionally dabble in free verse. It irks me enormously however, when a poem is dismissed or made to feel somehow enfeebled because structure, rhythm and rhyme are used. Reply Tonia Kalouria February 15, 2021 Don, . . . Right on! I have a like-minded offering set for Feb. 28 I am told. True POETRY still rhymes and has some form: Prosetry does not. Great term! Reply David Paul Behrens February 15, 2021 Many years ago, I received a response to an inquiry I made to a book publisher, who flat out told me “We don’t publish rhymed poetry.” Can you imagine that? Just think about how many of the greatest poets would be eliminated on that basis. It is mind boggling! Reply Panagota Romios February 15, 2021 Hello! Thank goodness, you wrote this!, insightful into today’s poetry. The run from classical poetry is gigantic.I thought something was wrong with me. I have seen looney poetry styles that avoid classical poetry. There seems to be a trend to not think…but to please readers only. And no contemplative thought allowed. What a downer! Reply C.B. Anderson February 15, 2021 Almost all the verse I write is free, which is to say that I rarely get paid for it. But did you know that traditional formal verse is also racist? This must be so because, to a large extent, it is part of the tradition of Western civilization. We have now been hearing that mathematics is also racist, not only for the reason just cited, but also because math generally involves a single correct answer. Reply Daniel Kemper February 16, 2021 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zxvKGZfYmns Reply Leave a Reply to Tonia Kalouria Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.