"If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry."
~ Emily Dickinson
Great poetry may evoke a time, a place, or a feeling that literally leaps off the page to grab you.
"A poem just is", say modern literary critics, but yet most forms of poetry can be seen following a sort of genetic blueprint that includes the classic techniques of rhythm, rhyme & alliteration.
Poems may be also categorized into various constructions, such as the classic a-b-a-b rhyming pattern of the sonnet or the strict 5-7-5 syllable lines of Japanese haiku (or the humorous five-line limerick.)
Then there are poetry genres by which most poems can be classified depending on their subject matter.
As the name suggests, narrative poetry conveys a story usually about everyday life and experiences, while classic epic poetry (think about Homer's Iliad and Odyssey) traditonally depicts a heroic journey of epic proportions.
Speculative poetry often deals with science fiction and the macabre, a genre first pioneered by poets like Edgar Allan Poe in the 19th century. About the same time, hybrid forms of prose poetry and free verse were first introduced which in time has endured to become the most widely popular genre today.
Around the Web, learn more about the topic with a collection of resources offering complete classic texts as well
as the lives of both classic and contemporary poets and their work, plus related online poet communities, forums and more.
Poetry - Wikipedia - Get the entire sweep of poetry from its ancient beginnings to classic genres including photos and illustrations, related resources and suggested reading.
Poetry Through the Ages - A fun, interactive Web exhibit chronicling poetry from ancient to modern times with overviews of the most popular forms of poetry including haikuk limericks and sonnets, colorful illustrations and related resources.
Poetry On-line - Check out a chronological history of select English
poetry from early modern English, 17th century through Victorian
and on up to the Beat Generation and postmodern. Searchable by
author, first line or keyword.
Poets.org - One of the largest sites of
its kind, this one has a searchable database of contemporary poets and
poems, discussion board, events calendar, and related resources
Martin's Poetry Resource - This poet offers an extensive
collection of links to contemporary poets, poetry collections,
resources to international sites, forums, organizations, publishers
and specialized search engines.