A poem is designed to convey
In a vivid and imaginative way,
A sense of experience for all to enjoy,
Using basic English, not as a ploy but,
Chosen for sound and suggestive power,
Then rising up like a mighty tower.
With structured metre and natural cadence,
Rhyme and imagery; a natural seance.
Please, take the definition of prose;
As everyone but the modernist knows,
Is writing or speech in an ordinary style.
A form accepted in this Sceptered Isle.
New Age laureates must take the blame
For extinguishing our literary flame.
Keats, Milton, Shelley and Browning
Must be looking down, collectively frowning
Saddened that this art that they prize
Has suffered such a sad demise
©Phil Bottomley 2015