Writing - What is poetry?
What is poetry?
Poetry is different to other forms of writing in that it employs rhythm, a
pattern and it uses the "line" as a form of order. It also uses deliberate
vocabulary to evoke a response or capture an idea or feeling.
Listen to this extract from a poem about a man hoping for a better life
for his child. You might think that this poem 'Frost at Midnight' is a
modern poem. In fact it was written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1798.
As you have seen in Coleridge's poem, poetry is different from prose
writing in that it uses compact language. Not a word is wasted!
Poetry is a form of writing that creates an awareness of an experience,
idea, thought or emotion through language arranged and chosen for its
meaning, sound, and rhythm. There are as many different forms of poetry as
there are writers. Some famous poets are: John Donne, Alexander Pope,
Christina Rossetti, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Ted Hughes, Elizabeth Barrett
Browning and Seamus Heaney.
Sometimes, poets or poetry is grouped according to the time it was
written. There are War poets, Elizabethan poets, Modern poets,
Pastoralists, Surrealists and Avant Garde poets. These are just some of the
terms used to describe poetry styles.
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