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Poetry is considered an art form unto itself. Poets often write for the lyrical and evocative qualities in the words. Poems may be written to make the reader feel something deeply, or the words may be written with no real meaning at all.

The great poets, including Aristotle, Dante and Rumi, defined how future poets should write their prose. Particular attention was to be paid to iambic pentameter, resonance, assonance, onomatopoeia and rhyme. The oldest known poem was written in Mesopotamia in the third millennium BC. The poem is known as the “Epic of Gilgamesh”.

Poets today write in many different forms, using pieces of poetic art forms from around the world. Readers of poetry today are likely to find current poetry in the form of sonnets, Jintishi, Tanka, odes, free verse as well as a variety of other forms.

Just as books have genres, poetry does as well. There are seven specific genres in poetry. They include epic, narrative, prose, fable, lyric, dramatic and satirical poetry. Works in these genres can be attributed to a certain individual who discovered the particular genre. For example, one of the best-known epic poems was the Odyssey by Homer. Satirical poet Alexander Pope is well known for his Essay on Criticism, and Aesop is renowned for his children's fables.

Read a selection of poetry by today's poets for inspiration. Browse our titles and discover a new world of artistic expression, right at your fingertips!

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  1. Urban Verses - Poetry To Make You Say Hmmm...
    Urban Verses - Poetry To Make You Say Hmmm...

    by Tracie Elice Christian

    Urban Verses - Poetry To Make You Say Hmmm...
    by Tracie Elice Christian

    Rating: 2.7/5 (336 votes cast)

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    This inspirational poetry speaks to love, defeat, loss and perseverance. This book of urban scribes will uplift the soul, make readers think about the state of their own world and how to make it better and motivate the spirit to do great things!

    Categories: Poetry, Other Fiction

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  2. Bakers Dozen: Creative Writing Workbook
    Bakers Dozen: Creative Writing Workbook

    by Steven Cross

    Bakers Dozen: Creative Writing Workbook
    by Steven Cross

    Rating: 2.7/5 (363 votes cast)

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    This introductory creative writing workbook is designed to get the reader to think, but most of all to write. Work all the exercises, or just a few. It has creative writing tips and briefly covers the basics of fiction writing, short stories and poetry writing including examples of Haiku poetry.

    Categories: Poetry, Other Non-fiction

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  3. Darker Side
    Darker Side

    by Mike Russel Sawyer

    Darker Side
    by Mike Russel Sawyer

    Rating: 2.6/5 (335 votes cast)

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    A collection of dark and horror poetry. This is set in a fictionalized field that surrounds itself with spirituality and possible conflicts to mankind. Each poem is linked to one another in some fashion. Each poem reflects on narrative or a combination of elements to bring them alive.

    Categories: Poetry, SciFi & Horror, Spirituality

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