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Definion poetry

by experts.
1. John Keats
Poetry is an attempt to read the beautiful or subline without the gurdon of imagining the
logical or narrative thought process. He does not imply that poetry is illogical or lacks

2. William Wordswoth
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow the powerfull feelings; it takes its origin from emotion
recollected in tranquility; the emotion is contemplated till, by a species of reaction, the
tranquility gradually disappears, and an emotion, kindred to that which was the subject of
contemplation, is gradually produced, and does itself actually exist in the mind.

3. Paul Valery
Poetry is an art based on language, but poetry has more general meaning that is difficult to
define because it is less determine; poetry also expresses a certain state of mind.

4. Dylan Thomas
Poetry is what makes someone laugh or cry or yawn, what makes someone toenails twinkle,
what makes someone want to do this or that or nothing.

5. Umberto Eco
Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates

In my opinion, poetry is form of literature that we can express our feelings to

something that uses aesthetic and rhymic qualities language. Such as phonaesthetics,
sound symbolism, and metre—to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic
ostensible meaning. Poetry uses forms and conventions to suggest differential interpretation
to words, or to evoke emotional responses.

History of poetry

Poetry, from the Greek poesis meaning 'making' or 'creating', has a long history. As
an art, poetry may out date literacy itself. In prehistoric and ancient societies poetry was
used as a way to record cultural events or tell stories. Poetry is among the earliest records of
most cultures with poetic fragments found on monoliths, rune stones, and stelae.
The telling of stories about history have been used up until the 20th century, and in
some cases, it is still in use today. During the Middle Ages, Ballads were a common way of
doing just this, and it was also a way to pass along news throughout the kingdoms. Today,
Ballads are not used in the same way. However, Odes, for example, have been and will
always be a way to tell stories about histories greatest feats.
The oldest surviving poem is the "Epic of Gilgamesh". The poem, based on the
history of King Gilgamesh, was written around 3000 BC in Sumer, Mesopotamia in
cuneiform script on clay tablets.
Ancient societies such as the Chinese Shi Jing developed canons of poetic works to
ritual, as well as aesthetic, importance. Recently, intellectuals have struggled to find a
definition that covers the entire poetic compass from the differences of haiku to
Shakespearean to slam poetry. Tatakiewicz, a Polish historian of aesthetics, wrote in The
Concept of Poetry "poetry expresses a certain state of mind." This view point has been
growing in popularity every year. Today, even media that doesn't involve words has been
called poetry; for example, paintings and classical music.
Aristotle's Poetics describes three genres of poetry: epic, comic and tragic. Aristotle's
work was highly influential throughout the Middle East during the Islamic Golden Age, then
through Europe during the Renaissance. Later, aestheticians described poetry to have three
major genres: epic, lyric and dramatic, with dramatic holding the subcategories tragic and
comedy. During early modern Western tradition, poets and aestheticians sought to
distinguish poetry from prose by using the understanding that prose was written in a linear
narrative form and used logical explication, while poetry was more abstract and beautiful.
Modern theorists rely less on opposing prose and poetry as to focusing on the poet
as an artist. Intellectual disputes over the definition of poetry had erupted throughout the
20th century resulting in rejection of traditional forms and structures of poetry, coinciding with
questioning of traditional definitions of poetry and its distinction between prose. More
recently, post-modernists began to embrace the role of the reader and highlight the concept
of poetry; incorporating its form from other cultures and the past.

Examples of Poetry

Love after Love by Derek Walcott

The time will come

when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored

for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,

peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.