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kaNNa
Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 4:03:53 AM
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When every 'line' of a poem has a different meaning and which has become a 'maxim' later, can they be called 'sentences'?
Niranjan L. Bhale
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Usually sentence belongs to the prose section not the poetry.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 7:45:59 AM

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Technically, by modern and even traditional grammar, a sentence is a specific thing:

Quote:
sentence
A sentence, whether short or long, must express a complete idea; and a complete sentence must consist of at least one independent clause—that is, a subject and predicate that make a complete thought. Independent clauses are so called because they make sense when they stand on their own.
Farlex grammar

However, there are exceptions (imperatives don't have a subject stated, sometimes, and so on).

However, there is ALSO an archaic definition of "sentence" which is "a proverb, maxim or aphorism" - and also another (non-archaic) which relaxes the rule on having a subject and finite verb . . .
subject
(Linguistics) a sequence of words capable of standing alone to make an assertion, ask a question, or give a command, usually consisting of a subject and a predicate containing a finite verb
Collins English Dictionary
Romany
Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 8:29:38 AM
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A "line" of poetry is always "a line". However, it might take two or three "lines" in a poem to complete a full sentence. It's almost impossible to be able to put a full stop at the end of every line in a poem. That's just not the way poetry is made.

So, as Niranjan pointed out; we speak of a "sentence" if we're discussing prose; and "lines" - whether they constitute a full sentence or not - in poetry.
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