Hello, everyone. I'm new here on the forums and thought that I might offer some discussion based on a discussion I had earlier at the University of Amsterdam where I'm studying. Today, I discussed an e.e. cummings poem with a small class of Dutch, American, Irish, Russian, Spanish, and French students. Take a look at this link to e.e. cumming's poem, "r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r": http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r/
When the class studied the poem, most of them expressed intense dislike. They didn't understand it or connect with it in a personal way at all. They did recognize some potentially iconic features of the poem, but still found it unacceptable. My question to you is, should this be considered a poem? Does it contain enough elements of typical poetry to be considered a poem? On the other hand, is it necessary that a poem contain a certain number of "typical elements" to be considered poetry?