The nature of poetry

What defines a poem,
and what poetic prose?
Where in the wordsmith’s structure
is the difference? I suppose
there’s rhyme and rhythm,
and then? Without them
is it poetry still?

For images are drawn in prose
That hold us and convey
the atmosphere or visual
delight in what they say;
no less than poetry, I suppose.

Then poetry’s concise
in laying out in verse,
whilst prose can stay verbose
and take a while to say
in many pages and with time
what poetry must tell in half a line;
at best, more clearly,
and at least no worse.
Is that the only thing
dividing prose and verse?

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