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What are unseen poems?

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2012-03-16 18:14:35
2012-03-16 18:14:35

It can be a term for a poem that is unfamiliar or that you've never studied before. This term is used specifically in an examination for poetry (British General Certificate of Education).

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The term is also used as an alternative word for "found" poems... this is a type of poetry that can be found anywhere. What you do is take a page from anything... the dictionary, a software manual, a published book... a cookbook. Anywhere. Then, the poet looks at the words on the page and determines what other meanings or messages can be found there. He or she usually circles a word, then draws a line to the next word, circles that one as well, and so on... some really interesting poems have been "found" that way. These poems are unseen by other people reading the same book, but just as an artist "discovers" a statue in a block of marble, there is poetry all around us.

____In case you aren't really following what that previous answer meant, I'm going to pick apart the paragraph to show what an "unseen" or "found" poem within it could look like.

Actually, it is also used as an alternative word for "found" poems... this is a type of poetry that can befound anywhere. What you do is take a page from anything... the dictionary, a software manual, a published book... a cookbook. Anywhere. Then, the poet looks at the words on the page and determines what other meanings or messages can be found there. He or she usually circles a word, then draws a line to the next word, circles that one as well, and so on... some really interesting poems have been "found" that way. These poems are unseen by other peoplereading the same book, but just as an artist "discovers" a statue in a block of marble, there is poetry all around us.

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"Found" can be anywhere -

take a page, soft and manual;

poet, look at the words. What other

meanings or messages can be? Circle

a word, draw a line unseen

by other people. A statue in a block

of marble - you are all around us.

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