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History[ edit ] The oldest love poem. Sumerian terracotta tablet from Nippur, Iraq. Ancient Orient Museum, Istanbul The examples and perspective in this section may not represent a worldwide view of the subject. You may improve this articlediscuss the issue on the talk pageor create a new articleas appropriate.
September Learn how and when to remove this template message Some scholars believe that the art of poetry may predate literacy. Epic poetry, including the Odysseythe Gathasand the Indian Vedasappears to have been composed in poetic form as an aid to memorization and oral transmission, in prehistoric and ancient societies.
The earliest entries in the oldest extant collection of Chinese poetrythe Shijingwere initially lyrics. Notably, the existing fragments of Aristotle 's Poetics describe three genres of poetry—the epic, the comic, and the tragic—and develop rules to distinguish the highest-quality poetry in each genre, based on the underlying purposes of the genre.
This approach remained influential into the 20th century.
Yet other modernists challenge the very attempt to define poetry as misguided. Numerous modernist poets have written in non-traditional forms or in what traditionally would have been considered prose, although their writing was generally infused with poetic diction and often with rhythm and tone established by non- metrical means.
While there was a substantial formalist reaction within the modernist schools to the breakdown of structure, this reaction focused as much on the development of new formal structures and syntheses as on the revival of older forms and structures.
Postmodernism goes beyond modernism's emphasis on the creative role of the poet, to emphasize the role of the reader of a text Hermeneuticsand to highlight the complex cultural web within which a poem is read. The literary critic Geoffrey Hartman has used the phrase "the anxiety of demand" to describe contemporary response to older poetic traditions as "being fearful that the fact no longer has a form", building on a trope introduced by Emerson.
Emerson had maintained that in the debate concerning poetic structure where either "form" or "fact" could predominate, that one need simply "Ask the fact for the form.away — they came and went, as if they were lace for the breaking.
Free Verse Poetry: Samples.
These free verse poetry samples were all written by sixth grade students. These pieces are excellent examples of free verse, but as with all writing, even the most famous masterpieces, there is room for revision.
“Where I'm From” grew out of my response to a poem from Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet (Orchard Books, ; Theater Communications Group, ) by my friend, Tennessee writer Jo Carson.
All of the People Pieces, as Jo calls them, are based on things folks actually said, and number 22 begins, “I want to know when you get to be from a place. Interpretation. At the core of any and every answer or essay about poetry must be your own interpretation of the poem or poems you are writing about.
It is this alone that attracts the majority of marks. In a nutshell, the more subtly you interpret a poem - and give support for your interpretation - the higher your marks, and grade, will be.
Chiune Sugihara legacy is explored in this essay by a class studying the Holocaust. Audio recordings of classic and contemporary poems read by poets and actors, delivered every day.