Poetry

Poetry

Poems are works of literary art written in any of the styles of poetry. Poems are known for their beauty, emotive qualities, and for communicating veiled messages behind the meaning which is most apparent.

About Poetry

Poetry (from the Greek poiesis with a broad meaning of a 'making', seen also in such terms as 'hemopoiesis'; more narrowly, the making of poetry) is a form of literary art which uses the aesthetic qualities of language to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning. Poetry has a long history, dating back to the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh. Early poems evolved from folk songs such as the Chinese Shijing, or from a need to retell oral epics, as with the Sanskrit Vedas, Zoroastrian Gathas, and the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. Ancient attempts to define poetry, such as Aristotle's Poetics, focused on the uses of speech in rhetoric, drama, song and comedy. Later attempts concentrated on features such as repetition, verse form and rhyme, and emphasized the aesthetics which distinguish poetry from more objectively-informative, prosaic forms of writing.

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