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Claire LeadenReading Response #7One main purpose of taking an age-old poetic form like the sonnet and writing a poem in that form today is to recognize and utilize its power. These older poetic forms, like the reading says, “produced so many magnificent poems in previous centuries,” so it is undeniable that they are successful as artistic forms and should not be underestimated. Basically, there is ample evidence that those specific characteristics work as poems and can still work as poems, even in modern times. Sonnets, for example, are already constructed in a certain format and are written with certain rhyme schemes (Petrarchan, Shakespearean, Spenserian). They already have a formula, and you just have to “plug-in” your own words and ideas. You can use these forms as a contemporary poet as a way of paying homage to the traditional structures while also ensuring that your poem will be, in fact, an effective poem, with all of the necessary elements: meter, rhyme, rhythm and form. You can also create a somewhat “old-fashioned” poem (structure wise) while subtracting some of the “old-fashioned” language, which is akin to modern times. The reading provided a good example with “The Lull.” Even if you’re writing a free verse poem, you can still incorporate rhythm, rhyme and meter. Though you choose not to follow common meters, like iambic pentameter, you still need to make choices that make sense with what you are trying to express/what you are writing about. If you want the poem to sound a certain way, perhaps short and jagged, or longer and melodious, you need to consider the words you choose to create those patterns. Use meter, but change it to fit your subject. Pair two stresses together instead. Or, change the more common syntax structureof subject-verb-object to create a different rhythm. You can (and should) still have these elementsin free verse poetry, you