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What is Poetry?

What is Poetry?


Did you know there are different types of poetry? When people say the words poetry, different ideas come to mind. Poetry is a lot like music. When you think about music, you realize there are a lot of different kinds like pop, rock, hip hop, jazz, and R & B. As a writer or arranger of music, you must understand the difference because each requires a different set up to have the right tone or feel when the product is finished. Poetry is the same way. Each type of poetry has its own feel and rules that must be followed to fit within its form. Let’s have fun and explore the different forms, elements and genres of poetry that exist.



The Poet and Poetry


Throughout history, the poet has played a major role in explaining and shining a light onto different aspects of life and society through good and bad times. These writings are refered to as poetry. Because of its nature, poetry, can be complexed. But, once you understand poetry, it can be very fun and engaging.





The Definition of Poetry

Different definitions come to mind when people are asked what poetry is. I believe I have found a good definition. According to Britannica Concise Encyclopedia, poetry is...

      "Writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a special emotional response through its meaning, sound, and rhythm. It may be distinguishing from prose by its compression, frequent use of conventions of metre and rhyme, use of line as a formal unit, heighten vocabulary, and freedom of syntax. Its emotional content is expressed though a variety of techniques, from direct description to symbolism, including the use of metaphor and simile. "


Now let’s have fun and explore the different forms, genres and elements of poetry...


Click here to learn about the elements of poetry.

ELA.8.1.1. Analyze idioms, analogies, metaphors, and similes to infer the literal and figurative meanings of phrases.
ELA.8.1.2. Understand the most important points in the history of English language and use common word origins to determine the historical influences on English word meanings.
ELA.8.1.3. Use word meanings within the appropriate context and show ability to verify those meanings by definition, restatement, example, comparison, or contrast.
ELA.8.3.0 Literary Response and Analysis
Structural Features of Literature
ELA.8.3.1. Determine and articulate the relationship between the purposes and characteristics of different forms of poetry (e.g., ballad, lyric, couplet, epic, elegy, ode, sonnet).
Narrative Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate Text
ELA.8.3.6. Identify significant literary devices (e.g., metaphor, symbolism, dialect, irony) that define a writer's style and use those elements to interpret the work.
ELA.8.1.0 Writing Strategies
Research and Technology
ELA.8.1.4. Plan and conduct multiple-step information searches by using computer networks and modems.
ELA.8.1.5. Achieve an effective balance between researched information and original ideas.
Evaluation and Revision
ELA.8.1.6. Revise writing for word choice; appropriate organization; consistent point of view; and transitions between paragraphs, passages, and ideas.
Written and Oral English Language Conventions
ELA.8.1.0 Written and Oral English Language Conventions
ELA.8.1.4. Edit written manuscripts to ensure that correct grammar is used.
Punctuation and Capitalization
ELA.8.1.5. Use correct punctuation and capitalization.
ELA.8.1.6. Use correct spelling conventions.
Listening and Speaking
ELA.8.1.0 Listening and Speaking Strategies
ELA.8.1.1. Analyze oral interpretations of literature, including language choice and delivery, and the effect of the interpretations on the listener.