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The Most Influential Poets In History

Poets have always had a special way of seeing the world and have influenced countless millions as a result of their gift for expressing that wonder in words. Here are a few poets who have remained popular for many years.

Emily Dickinson was a reclusive woman who never enjoyed much success in her life, but after her death, hundreds of her poems were published and she became renowned. Known for her extensive use of dashes and often morbid subject matter, she continues to be studied widely in Read the rest of this entry »

How Do I Know This Is Poetry

The question of what is poetry is one that has frustrated students and readers for years. It always feels that times were simpler back when everything had a certain rhythm and structure, but the truth of the matter is that the more free poetry is, the more room poets have to say what they want to say.

First, remember that poetry is meant to be a piece of art, and like all art, it is meant to provoke a reaction. There was a time when people felt that art should only evoke positive emotions and feelings, but Read the rest of this entry »

The Experts List Of Essential Poetry

The Experts List Of Essential Poetry

A Full View of Poetry
Over the course of literary history, there have been countless authors and poets. These writers have shaped the course of human history in unprecedented ways. In addition, you can find hundreds of books that compile the best of poetry. Moreover, poetry that spans the entirety of human written history. Poetry is the form that lifts the imagination above all other forms of writing.

Listing The Essential Poets
Without a doubt the works of Shakespeare, Chaucer, William Read the rest of this entry »

The Beginners List Of Essential Poetry

If you’re new to poetry and don’t know where to begin, the following list will give you a broad survey of the centuries-old tradition. Included are two ancient poems, one from Greece and one from the Bible. The rest are from Britain and America and comprise some of the best-known and most-loved works in English. They are listed in chronological order by the poet’s birth date and include both traditional and contemporary verse. Dive in and have fun!

Sappho, “Glittering-Minded Deathless Aphrodite”

Bible, “Song of Solomon”

William Shakespeare, ” Read the rest of this entry »

What Is The Role Of Poetry In Our Time

Poetry may seem a dying art, but it survives and thrives in circles that embrace the beauty and uniqueness of this art form. From open-mic nights to musical influence, poetry remains an art that is enveloped in society. Poetry’s day and age is far from over and still influences people with moving and gripping literature world-wide. Poetry is a beautiful art that takes many shapes and sizes. From simple one-line haikus to epic tales of heroism and tragedy, poetry has encompassed the ages as an expression of love and a unique story-telling flair. Read the rest of this entry »

Finding Happiness In The Modern Age Of Poetry

In today’s world, we use electronics to send and receive information. We depend on it so that writing on a piece of paper may become obsolete, but not so fast. Sometimes it’s just good to get a piece of paper and use a pen or pencil and write. Granted it takes longer to write down your thoughts and your handwriting might not be the best, but when it’s read at by someone else, it gives off a personal touch. It can’t be explained in words, but somehow your personality shines Read the rest of this entry »

Up And Coming Poets And Poetry

Often when we think of poetry, we think of verses written by people long ago. However, poetry is alive and well in our world today and as proof, here are the five most popular contemporary poets.

Elizabeth Alexander
A scholar of African-American literature, Alexander is most well known for her book of poems entitled “American Sublime” that was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2005.

Charles Simic
Though first published in 1967, this Serbian-American poet has had a definitive Read the rest of this entry »

Finding The Hidden Gems Of The Poetry World

Finding the hidden gems of the poetry world is easy if you simply know how and where to look. Writer like Sylvia Plath and Robert Browning have been writing beautiful works for many years, though not many know about any of their poems aside from the famous texts. These writers have a lot more under their belts than meets the eye, which is why it is important to educate readers on exactly what these talented folks have written in their careers.

Sylvia Plath is Read the rest of this entry »

Your Love of Poetry: Get it Back

If your days are spent reading mundane topics such as home improvement and protecting your home with a adt alarm system, feed your mind with some great literature and poetry instead. Here are a few of our favorite poetry sites to get you excited about the written word again.
Poets.org – the crme de la crme of poetry websites has information on poets, historical information and, of course, poetry. It’s a great place to start if you’re unfamiliar Read the rest of this entry »

Finding Time For Poetry With Your Family

Finding time for anything, in these challenging times, is difficult. Sort out your priorities; decide what is most important; plan your day, but always leave time for art and beauty. Literature, paintings, music and poetry open our minds to different worlds, and can transport us away from the mundane and ordinary.

Introduce your children to the arts early in their lives. Read to them, take them to concerts, concerts in an outdoor setting are best for the very young, encourage Read the rest of this entry »