The American Sentence

The American Sentence

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?

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