Can someone please help compare and contrast modern versus traditional poetry?

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The characteristics of traditional poetry depend on which tradition you examine and how far back you go. John Milton referred to "the troublesome and modern bondage of rhyming" when he decided to write his epic poems in blank verse, consciously following the traditions of classical Latin and Greek epic. However, centuries before Virgil, there were Latin poems that featured rhyme. The question is further complicated by the fact that there is no consensus on what constitutes "modern poetry." Some scholars identify modern poetry with the Modernist movement, and refer to poetry written since the 1960s as contemporary, rather than modern.

If, however, we compare poetry written in English up to the end of the Victorian era with poetry written in the 120 years since then, there are some general observations which hold true. The first is that modern poems are less likely to feature formal rhyme schemes and regular meter, and are correspondingly less likely to be written in specific forms such as...

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