Does Poetry Belong In An E-Book?

Does it matter if a book of poetry or a book of prose is published as an e-book or physical book? I asked this question and was told that an e-book detracted from both.  To some extent this may be true for those who grew up with physical books but less for the next generation. On the other hand, it did make me think a lot about this and here are some thoughts you may enjoy reading:

I feel that a paper book has a sensual classic beauty, feel and even smell. This is particularly relevant to poetry, I believe, because poetry is both an art form and a language media. I say this because the words in poetry are denser than in prose. They are more visually evocative, filled with simile, metaphor, sound, rhythm and even rhyme. The language may more frequently be esoteric, historically phrased, culturally unique or even quite stylized. This is not so common in prose. Just as putting a beautiful painting in the right frame is critical, the same is true for poetry.

Putting prose in an e-book read on a thin light kindle tablet or other device is not so traumatic to prose as it would be to the more mystical beauty of poetry.

Something to think about…………

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