What is Poetry?

by Mylene Almeida October 08, 2015 0 Comments

National Poetry Day | Literary Prints | Book Lover Gifts tagged "Poetry"

In one of his reflective essays Ralph Waldo Emerson said that language is fossil poetry. At first it took me by surprise, but once I considered the fact that poetry is the act of taking something mundane and prosaic and infusing it with beauty through some literal transformation, I realized that he was correct. Language, how we speak, what we say, is nothing more than the remnants of some writers body of work that though the ages became a standardized form of communication; every new word, every unique thought and the expression of it was poetry at some point.

So what is poetry? Poetry is a phrase in the written form that, like a phoenix, rises beyond mere practicality to elicit in the reader the entire spectrum of human emotion, from pain and sorrow to passion and longing. If some emotion rises from the core upon inspection, it can’t be helped but considered poetry.

How do you define poetry? Leave your answer below...




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