What is Poetry

Poetry (ancient Greek: ποιεω (poieo) = I create) is an art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content. 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 (Poetry.org).

It may use condensed or compressed form to convey emotion or ideas to the reader's or listener's mind or ear; it may also use devices such as assonance and repetition to achieve musical or incantatory effects. Because of its nature of emphasising linguistic form rather than using language purely for its content, poetry is notoriously difficult to translate from one language into another: a possible exception to this might be the Hebrew Psalms, where the beauty is found more in the balance of ideas than in specific vocabulary.

In most poetry, it is the connotations and the "baggage" that words carry (the weight of words) that are most important. These shades and nuances of meaning can be difficult to interpret and can cause different readers to "hear" a particular piece of poetry differently. While there are reasonable interpretations, there can never be a definitive interpretation.

The form of my poetry is Blank Verse. A blank verse is a poem with no rhyme but does have iambic pentameter. This means it consists of lines of five feet, each foot being iambic, meaning two syllables long, one unstressed followed by a stressed syllable.

Works Cited

"Poetry.org - What Is Poetry." Poetry.org - What Is Poetry. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 May 2016.

"Poetry - a Riddle Wrapped in an Enigma Swathed in a Cardigan Sweater."About.com Entertainment. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 May 2016.

My Poem

I loved being with you. I didn't have to work hard to impress you. You knew all my faults and my flaws. I can act myself in front of you and you'll just smile. Or I can laugh so hard that I'd cry and you'll laugh with me until we're both crying. It's perfect how sometimes we didn't have to say anything, just being together was enough. Even though we knew everything about each other, we never ran out of things to talk about. You were always there for me, either to hold me or laugh with me. You've been with me through everything and I couldn't imagine not having you in my life. I loved having you in my laugh, but now you're not here, and all I can do is wish you were.

How To Write Poetry

Capture a Moment

Focus on a moment in your life that expresses emotion because poetry is your emotions but in words.

Listen to Others

Listening to others can be an easy way to start a poem, because you'll hear things you would never say or think yourself. Than you'd start writing about feelings of others.

Describe Something or Someone

Describe a moment or the feeling it gave you. Describe the way someone has made you feel and usually that someone would be a person you've had feelings for. Describe those feelings.

Respond to Something

Again your poetry is you feelings but on paper. If someone says something to you, you can describe your feelings with poetry and words.

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I started writing poetry when I was 16, this started out as just a way to get my feelings out without telling them to someone. And piece of paper was the only thing that new what I was going through. At first I started writing about the pain i was going through because of a relationship, I wrote about heart break and just relationships in general. After the pain was gone and went back and read through the things i wrote and I saw that I was pretty good at writing poetry even though pain was the reason I started writing it. Than I started writing about what people should expect to go through in relationships and wrote things to motivate people to move on and see that its not the end of the world. "There is always someone out there that's meant to make you happy, you're just one heart break closer to find that one."