Archive | April 12, 2015

What Is Poetry?

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Poetry is basically like painting a picture, only with words. Some create poetry out of their experiences, some create poetry out of ideas, or even some people create poetry based on what they see, but poetry comes from the person’s heart and mind.

One of the things I love about poetry is that feelings and opinions can be expressed through detailed words. Poetry does not have to rhyme, as some people think. Here’s a look at what the dictionary defines poetry as:

“Literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature.”

If you didn’t understand what they meant, basically the definition says that poetry gives a sense of style and rhythm (not a rhyme, just a certain style.) and makes a person feel some way. And  feelings are indeed expressed through just a few simple words. That is the amazing part about it! Just a few words and something creative is made!

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But why is poetry so appealing to people these days? There aren’t a whole lot of ways to express feelings on paper. Paintings express a visual concept of what the person feels through detailed designs and colors, and writing gives us a sense of morals as we write about a certain character’s idea of something. (For example, Sara feels like society is superficial because they only look at outer appearances. This happened shortly after a student pointed out that her outfit was not as modern as it should be.) Writing is a way of telling our readers indirectly what we feel about a topic. This is not always the case, but I find the characters I create have thought processes and feelings similar to what I think.

Poetry, however, gives us a visual using words that depicts an idea the poet or author thinks of as right or wrong. For example, here is a bit of Longfellow’s work that depicts feeling:

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Here Longfellow expresses the fact that it is humankind’s nature to assume arrogance when a person comes across as silent, when in reality this person is secretly carrying a burden that may force him to become that way. Poetry represents the feelings we see others go through or what we feel ourselves during a time in our life. And one of the best parts of this is that we can relate to themes of poetry, and this here is why I find this certain form of writing so appealing myself.

Have a great week!