What is poetry?

Poetry has somany definitions. Some are given below

  • Poetry is a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of a language.
  • It is an art form in which human language is used. It consists largely of oral or literary works in which language is used in a manner that is felt by its user and audience to differ from ordinary prose.
  • It is what makes me laugh or cry or yawn, what makes my toenails twinkle, what makes me want to do this or that or nothing.
  • Poetry uses forms and conventions to suggest differential interpretation to words, or to evoke emotive responses.
  • Compared with prose, poetry depends less on the linguistic units of sentences and paragraphs, and more on units of organisation that are purely poetic.

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