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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines poetry as “writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm.”  Huh?  What’d he say?  Let’s try Wikipedia for a more comprehensive definition.  It defines poetry as “a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language—such as phonaesthetics, sound symbolism, and [sic] metre—to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaïc ostensible meaning.”  Not much better, is it?  (No wonder Wikipedia is called the “free” encyclopedia.)

Most of us believe we can identify poetry when we see it—or at least recognize it when we hear it— why then is it so difficult to define?  After all, if it rhymes, it’s poetry, right?  Not so fast, partner.  YourDictionary.com states categorically that there are “over 50 types of poetry.”  One of those is Haiku, a form of poetry that originated in Japan.  It…

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Comments on: "To Rhyme or not to rhyme, that is the question . . ." (5)

  1. I don’t know if I have ever seen a definition of poetry. Marilyn got it right. I think that or Roses are Red must have been my first intro to poetry.


    • I just love poetry in all of its forms. Reading and writing poetry (including Seuss books) was a perfect way to get my own children, grandkids and students to fall in love with language. For me, I would define ‘poetry’ as a story in golden nugget form… ❤ 🙂

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  2. I’m no poet.
    And I know it!


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