Poetry Online


This thesis identifies aspects of an ideal poetry website. The way poems are defined and various poetry criticism positions poetry as an artform that takes advantage and references the medium through which it is produced. This reveals that poets tend to write with the dominant medium of the time. As a result of these findings, Poetrys relationship with different media is charted through from digital poetry, aggregate poetry websites, poetry forums, poetry blogs and finally to online poetry journals. Two online poetry journals with different submission methods All Write Then and Cordite Poetry Review are contrasted to discuss issues of gatekeeping, editing and the prominence of sharing in online creative communities. My comparison finds that there are benefits to both an edited and non-edited journal and overall I suggest that aspects of each could be combined and built upon to constitute an ideal poetry website.


From the opening of the thesis (available below as a PDF):

There has long been a tradition of poets reflecting upon poetic practice within their work, considering the makeup of a poem, and attempting to determine the worth of poetry in general. Mid-twentieth century poetry criticism, including a number of essays written by modern poets, informs my discussion about the difficulty in defining what precisely makes a poem. Poets of the early twentieth century were ardent defenders of their practice. Literary critics had much to offer on this topic as well. I refer to essays written by poets and critics, which discuss tensions regarding the perception and intentions of their work. Poetry criticism of this period pays less attention to specific poetic devices and more to an immediate response to the work. Modern poets encouraged fluidity in their writing, holding that poems should simply unfold, with emphasis on process as opposed to an end product. Charles Olson wrote that typewriters allowed for this more cohesive expression.

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