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Breanna Kinneman The meaning of Poetry Poetry, by definition, is a composition in verse, especially one that is characterized by a highly developed artistic form and by the use of heightened language and rhythm to express an intensely imaginative interpretation of the subject. However, poetry has more depth to it than this common definition because the true meaning of poetry differs from person to person. For example, William Wordsworth, the originator of the Romantic Poetry movement, defined poetry as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (Flanagan). Wordsworth believed that ‘the object of poetry is confessedly to act upon the emotions’, which sufficiently distinguishes poetry from facts or science, or is the “logical opposite” that Wordsworth refers to in his “Preface” of Lyrical Ballads (Mill). Likewise, Dylan Thomas, a Welsh poet during the first half of the 20 th century, described poetry as “what makes [one] laugh or cry or yawn, what makes [one’s] toenails twinkle, what makes [one] want to do this or that or nothing" (Flanagan).
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