Can poems have curse words in them?

14 Answers

  • 4 months ago

    Poetry does not have rules contrary to what "experts" think. But I mainly hear them in slam poetry

  • sam
    Lv 5
    4 months ago

    Sure, look at Shakespeare! 

  • 4 months ago

    T S Eliot 

    "and a big black hairy penis"

    " for Christ’s sake stick them up your ***."

    Rabby Burns

    Gin a body f**k a body,

       C**t’s a body’s ain.

    Comin’ thro’ the rye,


    How apt her breasts were to be pressed by me?

    John Wilmot Earl of Rochester

    Much wine had passed, with grave discourse

    Of who f**ks who, and who does worse


    Never will his pr**k belong

    To his world of right and wrong,

    Nor its values comprehend

    Who is foe and who is friend

    e e cummings

    she being brand

    pretty much everything Charles Bukowski ever wrote!

  • 4 months ago

    Yes as long as it is a word a

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  • 4 months ago

    Poetry is all about language, uses language in a certain specific ways, and thus, should not ban certain terms, whether vernacular, common, base, highfaluting or multi-syllabic. 

    In this case, the question would be: who is your audience (your intended audience) because you might just offend someone, and that someone might be the one assigning you a grade on the poem that uses the term: "*?x*v#!"

  • 5 months ago

    In poetry you can definitely have cursing words in your poem. Every poems has their on minds it’s your thought, your own feelings. Your mind, soul, energy should show more and bring tons of anger, happiness, joy, but put all that together it will make it stronger and better. Let it have meaning to it. 


  • humpty
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Read "Howl" by Ginsberg.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    I suppose they can, however it's better not to include them.

    Source(s): I'm a freelance poet.
  • 5 months ago

    Yes, but don't abuse the privileged.  Use it to create an effect when your poem requires it.

  • 5 months ago

    Many curses are in poetic form.

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