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English : Poetry

What is Poetry?

Oxford English Dictionary   -- Composition in verse or some comparable patterned arrangement of language in which the expression of feelings and ideas is given intensity by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; the art of such a composition.

Poets on Poetry

Famous quotations about poetry:

'I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is prose; words in their best order; - poetry; the best words in the best order.' 
S.T.  Coleridge

 

'Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.'  T.S. Eliot

 

'Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity.'   
 William Wordsworth

from Poets' Graves

 

Poetic Terms

Terms range from the commonly known (allegory, motif) to the more obscure (cretic, litotes). Definitions tend to be concise and clearly written for undergraduate students or serious readers of this genre.  

Glossary of Poetic Terms (Online Learning Center)

Glossary of Poetic Terms  (Poetry Foundation)

Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation features poems published over the past century in Poetry magazine, essays by prominent critics, educational resources, audio and video productions, and listings of events and awards sponsored by the foundation.