When writing in a strict meter in poetry, do rules of grammer apply the same as in prose, or can some words be omitted in order to keep the meter? I am writing a poem in the form of an epic, and I admit to sometimes dropping a word to keep the meter. Is this acceptable in poetry? I haven't really had any formal instruction on writing poetry, so I am still learning the rules (even some of the basic ones). The most glaring examples: 24. Past the ocean’s know’ed waves, To the foreign seaside caves, Searching for a strange new brave ‘lone in the Far World. 25. Far World’s island, so untamed, Undeserving of a name. Creatures there held realmwide fame For their ghastly deeds. 27. Rocky waters, deadly seas, Plants that poisoned with disease- Though most died by twos and threes, Some managed to live. 42. Though a hero to the wise, Some thought Maca fought for lies. Loathing to watch friend’s demise, Readied to revolt. ETA: Great- A glaring typo in the title, and I am unable to edit it. -_-; Mod help? Mod response - all you need to do is click Go Advanced, and teh advanced mode lets you edit the title as well. I fixed the typo already this time. Ah, ok- Thank you. I'm still learning these boards.