The American Sentence
Date posted: April 27, 2015
We’re coming to the end of Poetry Month. Have you written any poems? Here’s a short form of poetry you might like to try – the American Sentence.
Allen Ginsberg was a key poet in the Beat Generation and a large influence on the American literary world. While he aimed for “maximum information, minimum number of syllables”, he felt that the structured form of a Japanese haiku did not suit the English language. He created an adaptation known as the American Sentence: One sentence, 17 syllables, no other rules.
Read some examples of this form of poetry in What Exactly Is An American Sentence?