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Poet Emily Dickinson
"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.

also see -> black history poems | father's day poems | love poems | mother's day poems

More about poetry around the Web:

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.

Representative 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.

Twentieth Century Poetry in English - Find 11 major poets with detailed profiles, plus resources to 140 more with links to related sites. - 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

Patrick 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.

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