Poetry As A Form Of Poetry

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‘Poetry’ comes from the Greek word ‘poiein’ meaning ‘to make, create, compose’ (Danesi, 2000: 177)
Poetry is a form of literature often exploring feelings using metaphor, simile, and aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language. Common forms of poems are Haikus, sonnets, cinquains, and free verse. It has been defined in many ways by several scholars, for example, Percy & Loxon state: ‘Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar’ (Percy & Loxon, 1821). This means that poetry can open another depth of feeling, allowing the audience to understand emotions they previously didn’t. Furthermore, Eliot stated: ‘The poet’s mind is in fact a receptacle for seizing and storing up numberless feelings, phrases and images.’ (Eliot, 2009, p43). It seems many scholars consider poetry as a literature often exploring emotions and feelings, in a cathartic way, as metaphors and symbolism are a useful way to explain emotions. Woodsworth also stated that poetry was a material to explore feelings, saying: ‘Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity’ (Wordsworth in Croft & Cross, 1997:5). Most types of poetry explore feelings and emotions, with examples being the eulogy and elegiac form, love poetry, sonnets, and praise songs. Inspiration for poetry can be found almost anywhere, in songs, life experiences, pictures, and feelings. Wainwright stated
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