DISCUSSION: Would You Rather Be a Novel or a Poem?


I'm not entirely sure where this question originated from, but I saw it earlier and it piqued my interest.  For me, the answer was immediate – I would rather be a poem.

Novels have this sense of completion I simply wouldn't want. A poem is, almost always, more ambiguous. Poetry is packed full of imagery, each word loaded, and placed for a reason. Some could say poetry's short and sweet – although, the 'sweet' aspect is definitely questionable, and so is 'short' in a lot of cases. So, frankly, I can't pinpoint exactly why I'd prefer to be a poem – is it the lyrical language? The time capsule-esque packaging of emotion? – but I can say it's what I'd definitely prefer to be. I love novels, clearly, and the pleasure I get from finishing a good book is immeasurable, yet the prospect of existing as a poem is… irresistible.

Besides, is there anything better than "'Hope' is the thing with feathers - / That perches in the soul - / And sings the tune without the words - / And never stops - at all -"?

I'm incredibly interested to hear your thoughts on this: would you rather be a novel or a poem? Currently, I'm reckoning the majority will go for poem. 

14 comments:

  1. Poem. Obviously. Maybe it's the kind of language it has that allows more interpretation than prose does but there's something so charming about poetry that attracts me. I agree with you.

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    1. Yes! There's definitely something specific to poetry that is undeniably charming!

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  2. This is such an interesting discussion post. I'd chose poem, as well. You're absolutely right, poems are more ambiguous and packed with emotion - I love this post. So creative.
    - Cambrie @ and so the book begins

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    1. Thank you! Creativity is what I strive for in everything. ;) And yes poetry just has this ambiguity to it that I love!

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  3. I'd never thought about this before and I genuinely can't decide if I'd prefer to be a poem or a novel... Such an amazing idea for a post! I love how creative you are :D xx

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    1. Hehe glad I made you think! ;) And thank you – that's so lovely to hear!

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  4. I actually think I'd prefer to be a novel. Novels have so many secrets wrapped within them, new and delicate emotions once you turn the page. I would love the feeling of people reading me, and seeing their emotions change as they go through. Plus, I love the smell of books so I would be smelling amazing! x

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    1. Ooh I totally get your points. I guess there is more room for all these complications in novels, but I don't know whether I'd want to be that full of secrets haha! And yes, I can't deny you'd smell amazing haha!

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  5. Exactly like Catriona, I've never thought about this before. At first, I thought I'd instantly say novel, but now that I've read your perspective, I'm not sure. I might still want to be a novel because they can be so complex and deep and can sometimes have an ambiguous ending. Although, a poem is certainly more lyrical... Ahh, not sure. Maybe a novel. Yeah.

    Hmmm.

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    1. Haha well I guess they both have plus sides! I hadn't thought about it much before I saw the question hehe. :)

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  6. I would actually prefer to be a novel. I understand your points of being a poem but I feel like not every word in a book is neccessary, and not every event is neccessary to the main plot - but that's what life is like. The sense of completion that a novel has is what I want from life eventually.
    Fascinating post

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  7. I would like to be a novel as they are full of secrets although poems are so beautiful and full of language so I really don't know.

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  8. What an interesting question, I've never thought about this before. I think I would be a novel. While I love poetry and the beautiful language, I sometimes get annoyed by the fact I feel I don't REALLY get them, you know? At the same time, I'm quiet and that turns a lot of people away from me, but if they only tried they would see there is much more to me. So, perhaps a poem would be fitting?

    But no, I feel better with a novel. They can be complex and beautiful written too.

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  9. I really have no idea, but it's such a good discussion topic! On one hand, I love how poems are magical and just speak a story that you have to think about and explore, but on the other hand I love how personal stories are. They make you really relate and feel something inside of yourself, and do the stuff that poems do too.. but I still don't know... Can I just be a noem?? XD

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