What is Poetry?
Poetry — from ancient Greek: ποιεω (poieo) = I create
Poetry 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.
Poetry is often created from the need to escape the logical, as well as expressing feelings and other expressions in a condensed manner.
A poet is one who creates. A poet is a shaper or maker of rhythm, line, cadence, rhyme, simile, metaphor, stanza, meter, verse, meaning.
A poet’s tools are numerous: pen, journal, typewriter, computer, stray bits of paper, the voice, or hands that gesture; every means of expressing language.
A poet’s subjects are innumerable, as varied and unique as each voice that speaks, raps, writes or sings. Yet poetry often explores common themes like love, death, compassion, melancholy, dreams, God, jealousy, immortality, secrets and war.
Poetry’s forms are debated as academic or popular. There is poetry for the eye, and poetry for the ear. There is my poetry and your poetry. Valuing and critiquing poetry is a complex matter, in many ways culturally and personally subjective. But as vast and varied the history, form, content, and manner of poetic expression, there is one unifying element.
Words, are the poet’s medium.