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    • Poetry

    • Poetry (the term derives from a variant of the Greek term, poiesis, "making") is a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language—such as phonaesthetics, sound symbolism, and metre—to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning. Poetry has a long h ... Read »


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    • Glossary of poetry terms

    • This is a glossary of poetry. Below, "short/long" definitions of a syllable of classical languages correspond to "stressed/unstressed" of English language. ... Read »


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    • Outline of poetry

    • The following outline is provided as an overview of and introduction to poetry: Poetry – a form of art in which language is used for its aesthetic qualities, in addition to, or instead of, its apparent meaning. Poetry can be described as all of the following things: History of poetry – the earliest poetry ... Read »


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    • Poetics

    • Poetics is the theory of literary forms and literary discourse. It may refer specifically to the theory of poetry, although some speakers use the term so broadly as to denote the concept of "theory" itself. The term "poetics" comes from the Greek ποιητικός poietikos "pertaining to poetry ... Read »


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    • Anthology

    • An anthology is a collection of literary works chosen by the compiler. It may be a collection of poems, short stories, plays, songs, or excerpts. In genre fiction anthology is used to categorize collections of shorter works such as short stories and short novels, usually collected into a single volume for publicatio ... Read »


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    • Astrophel (Edmund Spenser)

    • Astrophel “A Pastorall Elegy upon the Death of the Most Noble and Valorous Knight, Sir Philip Sidney” is Spenser's tribute to the memory of Sir Philip Sidney, who had died in 1586 and was dedicated “To the most beautifull and vertuous Ladie, the Countesse of Essex,” Frances Walsingham, Sidney’s ... Read »


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    • Babi Yar in poetry

    • Poems about Babi Yar commemorate the massacres committed by the Nazi Einsatzgruppe during World War II at Babi Yar, in a ravine located within the present-day Ukrainian capital of Kiev. In just one of these atrocities – taking place over September 29–30, 1941 – Jewish men, women and children numbering 33 ... Read »


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    • Cancionero general

    • The Cancionero general or Cancionero general de Hernando del Castillo is a lyric poetry anthology of the late Middle Ages or the early Renaissance. It is mostly devoted to the production in the kingdoms of Castile and León under Enrique IV and the Catholic Monarchs, Isabel de Castilla and Fernando de Aragon. Hernand ... Read »


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    • Choreopoem

    • A choreopoem is a form of dramatic expression that combines poetry, dance, music, and song. The term was first coined in 1975 by Ntozake Shange in a description of her work, for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. Shange's attempt to depart from traditional western poetry and storytell ... Read »


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    • Cinepoetry

    • Cinepoetry (or cinepoem) originally meant arts of motion pictures with poetic sense but came to mean cinematic poetry (or poem). ... Read »


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    • Comics poetry

    • Comics poetry is a hybrid creative form that combines aspects of comics and poetry. It draws from the syntax of comics, images, panels, speech balloons, and so on, in order to produce a literary or artistic experience akin to that of traditional poetry. Comics poetry traces its origins to illuminated manuscripts, ... Read »


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    • Cowboy poetry

    • Cowboy poetry is a form of poetry which grew out of a tradition of extemporaneous composition carried on by workers on cattle drives and ranches. After a day of work, cowboys would gather around a campfire and entertain one another with tall tales and folk songs. Contrary to common belief, cowboy poetry does not a ... Read »


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    • Demi-sonnet

    • A demi-sonnet is a poetic form. Demi-sonnets include seven lines of varying length and tend to be aphoristic in nature. Each poem ends with an internal full or slant rhyme. The name comes from the fact that the form is half the length of a traditional 14-line sonnet. The form was invented in 2009 by American poet Erin ... Read »


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    • Film-poem

    • The film-poem (also called the poetic avant-garde film, verse-film or verse-documentary) is a label first applied to American avant-garde films released after World War II. During this time, the relationship between film and poetry was debated. James Peterson in Dreams of Chaos, Visions of Order said, "In practice, the ... Read »


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    • Free verse

    • Free verse is an open form of poetry. It does not use consistent meter patterns, rhyme, or any other musical pattern. Many poems composed in free verse thus tend to follow the rhythm of natural speech. Poets have explained that free verse is not totally free; 'its only freedom is from the tyrant demands of the met ... Read »


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    • Landay

    • Landay may refer to: ... Read »


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    • Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prizes

    • The Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize is a prize that recognizes the best translation into English of book-length texts of Asian poetry or Zen Buddhism. It was established by an anonymous donor in 2010, and is named for Lucien Stryk, the American Zen poet and translator. The Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize is ... Read »


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    • Lyrics

    • Lyrics are words that make up a song usually consisting of verses and choruses. The writer of lyrics is a lyricist. The words to an extended musical composition such as an opera are, however, usually known as a "libretto" and their writer, as a "librettist". The meaning of lyrics can either be explicit or implicit. Som ... Read »


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    • Magnetic Poetry

    • Magnetic Poetry

      Magnetic Poetry is a toy and creative writing aid consisting of individual words—often related to a particular theme or topic—printed on small magnets which can be creatively arranged into poetry on a refrigerator or other metal surface. The informality and spontaneity Magnetic Poetry has endeared it to educa ... Read »


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    • Modern Arabic literature

    • The instance that marked the shift in the whole of Arabic literature can be attributed to the contact that took place between the Arab World and the West during the 19th and early 20th century. This contact resulted with the gradual replacement of Classical Arabic forms with the Western ones, as exemplified in plays, n ... Read »


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    • Onirism

    • Onirism was a surrealist Romanian literary school most popular during the 1960s, in the wake of popular uprisings in Eastern Europe. One of the techniques it employed was automatic writing. The onirist school of thought formed in Bucharest in 1964 around a nucleus composed of Dumitru Țepeneag and Leonid Dimov ( ... Read »


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    • Oral-formulaic composition

    • The theory of oral-formulaic composition originated in the scholarly study of epic poetry, being developed in the second quarter of the twentieth century. It seeks to explain two related issues: The key idea of the theory is poets have a store of formulas (a formula being 'an expression that is regularly used, under t ... Read »


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    • Pentameter

    • Pentameter (from Greek: πεντάμετρος - 'measuring five (feet)') is a poetic meter. А poem is said to be written in a particular pentameter when the lines of the poem have the length of five feet, where 'foot' is a combination of a particular number (1 or 2) of unstressed (or weak) syl ... Read »


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    • Philosophical poets

    • A philosophical poet is an author or scholar who employs poetic devices, styles, or forms to explore subjects common to the field of philosophy. Their writing often addresses questions related to the meaning of life, the nature of being (ontology), theories of knowledge and knowing (epistemology), principles of beauty ... Read »


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    • Poetic diary

    • Poetic diary (歌日記, uta nikki?) is a Japanese literary genre, dating back to Ki no Tsurayuki's Tosa Nikki, compiled in roughly 935. The English term poetic diary was used by the Princeton University scholar/translator Earl Miner in his book, Japanese Poetic Diaries. Traditionally, composed of a series of ... Read »


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    • Poetic tradition

    • Poetic tradition is a concept similar to that of the poetic or literary canon (a body of works of significant literary merit, instrumental in shaping Western culture and modes of thought). The concept of poetic tradition has been commonly used as a part of historical literary criticism, in which a poet or author is eva ... Read »


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    • Poetry reading

    • A poetry reading is a public oral recitation or performance of poetry. Voice is an active, physical thing in oral poetry. It needs a speaker and a listener, a performer and an audience. It is a bodily creation that thrives in live connection. The voice is the mechanism by which a "poet's voice" comes alive. Reciti ... Read »


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    • Qene

    • Qene also known as Säm əna Wärq is a unique style of poetry from Ethiopia that is rich and deep in meaning, which demands critical thinking and analysis of the poetry to understand its meaning. It demands having not only a strong Amharic, Tigrigna, or Ge’ez vocabulary, but also familiarity with the cultur ... Read »


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    • Quintain (poetry)

    • A quintain is any poetic form containing five lines. Examples include the tanka, the cinquain, and the limerick.        All, all a-lonely:   Three little children sitting on the sand,   All, all a-lonely,   Three little children sitting in the sand,   All, all a-lonely ... Read »


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    • English Romantic sonnets

    • The sonnet was a popular form of poetry during the Romantic period: William Wordsworth wrote 523 sonnets, John Keats 67, Samuel Taylor Coleridge 48, and Percy Bysshe Shelley 18. The sonnet is a poem of fourteen lines that follows a strict rhyme scheme and specific structure, the invention of which is credited to the t ... Read »


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    • Simple 4-line

    • Simple 4-line rhymes are usually characterized by having a simple system of abcb repeated throughout the entire poem. Though usually simplistic looking, the songs can be very complex and are widely used today in most poetry and songs. Many poets and authors use this pattern, including popular children's poets Bruce La ... Read »


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    • Social poetry

    • Social poetry is a term which has been broadly used to describe poetry which performs a social function or contains a level of social commentary. The term seems to have first appeared as a translation from the original Spanish , used to describe the post-Spanish-civil-war poetry movement of the 1950s and 60s (including ... Read »


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    • Tetractys

    • The tetractys (Greek: τετρακτύς), or tetrad, or the tetractys of the decad is a triangular figure consisting of ten points arranged in four rows: one, two, three, and four points in each row, which is the geometrical representation of the fourth triangular number. As a mystical symbol, it was ... Read »


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    • Topothesia

    • Topothesia is “the description of an imaginable or non-existent place”. It has been classified as a type of enargia (a synonym to “hypotyposis”), which is a “generic name for a group of figures aiming at vivid, lively description”. Edgar Allan Poe used enargia frequently to describe his ch ... Read »


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    • Verse (poetry)

    • In the countable sense, a verse is formally a single metrical line in a poetic composition. However, verse has come to represent any division or grouping of words in a poetic composition, with groupings traditionally having been referred to as stanzas. In the uncountable (mass noun) sense verse refers to "poetry" as c ... Read »


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    • Vowel harmony (poetry)

    • Vowel harmony is repetition of the same vowel or some similar vowels in literary work, especially in stressed syllables. This poetic device can be found in the first line of Homer's Iliad: Menin aeide thea Peleiadeo Achilleos. Another example is Dies irae (probably by Thomas of Celano): In Dante's Divine Comedy there ... Read »


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    • Zoopoetics

    • Zoopoetics has been defined as "the process of discovering innovative breakthroughs in form through an attentiveness to another species' bodily poiesis." It assumes many actual, biological animals possess agency to craft gestures, vocalizations—clear material signs—in order to create social cohesion with cons ... Read »


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