"No Offence Intended. "
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First, I discourage the use of the No Offense Intended disclaimer. If you believe it, own it.
There is some very good stuff posted on AD. There's also some garbage (some of it with my name below the title).
I feel that Poetry is defined by its readers and writers, not by Wikipedia. Read one of the most brilliant poets in the history of the written word, Bukowski, and tell me that Poetry must follow a certain form.
When you color within the lines, you must change or choose your strokes to fall within those lines. To me, that's deliberate creation, not creative expression.
In regards to your original question, I don't understand why you would have a problem with an author wanting to protect his work regardless of its quality. To copyright is jealous? I don't understand.
I love it!! thanks for the smiles.
You may have missed the first paragraph of my blog.
As for the second paragraph, I was referring to the section on AD front page titled Poetry. Correct me if I am wrong, but poems, far from being babies, carry certain literary demands, which Wikipedia defines below:
Poetry (from the Greek "ποίησις", poiesis, a "making") is a form of literary art in which language is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its apparent meaning.
If you feel that all the stuff, babies—as you call them, meet this qualification, then I stand corrected. Furthermore, while babies are, indeed should be, loved regardless of their form or intent, poetry is usually admired for, to quote once again, “aesthetic and evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its apparent meaning.” For all who disagree with this premise, there are plenty of other literary forms in which they can indulge to their heart content. (Like this blog, for instance).
Finally, I would never dare to offer an opinion about any of your babies. I’m quite sure that they all take after their Mother, and are all very beautiful. But, I repeat, please read the first paragraph of my blog.
Everyone's baby is beautiful to his mother and no mother wants even her ugliest child to be snatched away. If our fellow writers (myself included) didn't think our work was worthy of snatching, we wouldn't bother to post it on A.D.
You are too frank, my friend, but that's okay by me. We always know where you stand and you pull no punches. I like that.
By the way, I copyright notice some of my poems--are you including them with the ugly babies?
lol and enjoy your day,