Today, as I was flipping through Sound and Sense, I came across the nursery rhyme "Little Jack Horner." Its placement within the work, as well as the songs we've been looking at in class lately, made me contemplate a bit on what exactly constitutes poetry. It's interesting that so many forms of expression can fit under the same blanket term: songs, free verse, rhyme. Is a poem a poem because it uses literary devices? Has a specific meter or rhyme scheme? I'm not sure, for I can think of exceptions to most qualifications. Is something simply a poem because someone calls it such?
Who knows. Perrine can't even tell; he does not include the term in the glossary. Perhaps the word, like much poetry, is up to interpretation.