POETRY Said to be the oldest kind of literature as it predates even the written word.The concentration of poetry lies on the line and its rhythmic qualities and traditionally a strict form or dependence on meter.
FICTIONIs a form of prose that depicts imagery events and people. Novels, Novellas and short stories fall under this category.
DRAMAIs a fiction written to be performed. Although it is traditionally written in verse, contemporary modes of drama now use prose and these are sometimes set to music or dance. This genre places an emphasis on dialogue and stage direction.
CREATIVE NONFICTIONUses literary techniques to write about facts, actual events, and people.It distinguish itself from technical or news writing by using literary devices such as imagery and dialogue.
Definition of poetry - line structureThe easiest way to recognize poetry is that it usually looks like poetry. While prose is organized with sentences and paragraphs, poetry is normally organized intolines.
Here's part of a poem by Robert Herrick (1591–1674). See how it looks like poetry?Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,Old Time is still a-flying:And this same flower that smiles to-day To-morrow will be dying. The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun, The higher he 's a-getting, The sooner will his race be run, And nearer he 's to setting.
Now here's the same part of the poem, organized in a paragraph as if it were prose.Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying: and this same flower that smiles to-day to-morrow will be dying. The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun, the higher he 's a-getting, the sooner will his race be run, and nearer he 's to setting.
Definition of poetry - importance of physical aspects of languagePoetry, more than prose, communicates through the way the words sound and way the poem looks on the page.
Think of how music can make us feel things - angry, irritable, peaceful, sad, triumphant. Poems work in the same way, but instead of sound and rhythm created by instruments, they use the sound and rhythm of words. In songs with good lyrics, the melody combines with the words to create an intense feeling.Similarly, in poetry, thesoundof the words works together with theirmeaningfor more emotional impact.
The look of the poem on the page adds still another dimension. Some poems have smooth shapes, some have delicate shapes, some have heavy, dense shapes. The breaks in the lines lead our eyes to certain areas. There are even poems with shapes that intentionally imitate what the poem is about, for example, a poem about a waterfall could have lines that trickle down the page.
Definition of Poetry - concentrated languageThe words in poems are doing several jobs at the same time. They do one thing with their meaning, and another thing with their sound. Even their meaning may be working on more than one level. An important characteristic of poetry is compression, or concentrated language.
a good poem has similarly been intensified by removing the non-essential words. This is one reason why poems are often short.