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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. Anxiety Free Dentistry
    Anxiety Free Dentistry

    by westwinddental

    Anxiety Free Dentistry
    by westwinddental

    Rating: 2.4/5 (5 votes cast)

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    Check Out These Anxiety Free Dentistry. Brought to you by https://westwinddental.ca/general-family-dentistry . West Wind Dental is committed to making your family’s dental experience relaxing and calm while our dental team helps you achieve the smile that you dream about.

    Categories: Poetry, Other Non-fiction, Bookies

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  2. DEDICATED EYES OF LOVE
    DEDICATED EYES OF LOVE

    by Asha Darwin

    DEDICATED EYES OF LOVE
    by Asha Darwin

    Rating: 2.3/5 (6 votes cast)

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    EYES LIGHT THE LAMP OF BODY TO A PERFECT INSPIRATION!

    EYES BRIGHT THE CLUMP OF OBSTACLES TO A SMOOTH CLASSIFICATION!

    Category: Poetry

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  3. DAWN OF SHADES
    DAWN OF SHADES
    by Asha Darwin

    Rating: 3.7/5 (3 votes cast)

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    DAWN OF SHADES

    COLORS BRING FIRST SMILE IN LIFE OF DISTRESS!

    COLORS FLING SHADES OF MILESTONE TO SUPPRESS!

    Category: Poetry

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  4. TWO HEARTS
    TWO HEARTS

    by Asha Darwin

    TWO HEARTS
    by Asha Darwin

    Rating: 3.8/5 (16 votes cast)

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    HEARTS CLING TO ITS THOUGHTS FOREVER TO SAIL TOGETHER!

    Categories: Poetry, Romance

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  5. LYRICS
    LYRICS
    by Muthukrishnan Rajaram

    Rating: 2.6/5 (12 votes cast)

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    Poetry is a literary work in which the expression of feelings and ideas is given intensity by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature. and it is a a quality of beauty and intensity of emotion regarded as characteristic of poems.

    Categories: Poetry

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  6. Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of Self-help
    Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of Self-help
    by B S Murthy

    Rating: 2.9/5 (7 votes cast)

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    'Bhagavad-Gita is the most beautiful, perhaps the only true philosophical song existing in any known tongue’, opined William von Humboldt, and in this modern rendition, the rhythm of its Sanskrit slokas is echoed by the flow of the poetic English verses in contemporary idiom for easy comprehension.

    Categories: Poetry, Other Non-fiction, Bookies

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  7. Sundara Kãnda - Hanuman’s Odyssey
    Sundara Kãnda - Hanuman’s Odyssey
    by B S Murthy

    Rating: 2.9/5 (7 votes cast)

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    With the rhythm of the verse and the flow of the original narrative, this is a sloka to sloka transcreation of "Sundara Kãnda" the Canto Beautiful of Valmiki Ramayana, the Sanskrit epic that is regarded as adi kavya - the foremost poetical composition in the world.

    Categories: Poetry, Other Non-fiction, Bookies

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  8. Purple Candies
    Purple Candies
    by Olga Divine Agahozo

    Rating: 3.1/5 (9 votes cast)

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    Categories: Poetry, Other Non-fiction

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  9. Without An Angel
    Without An Angel
    by Mitchell Bogatz

    Rating: 3.3/5 (153 votes cast)

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    Without An Angel is a painful, raw poetry book, taken straight from the life of the bestselling author, Mitchell Bogatz.

    Categories: Poetry, Other Non-fiction

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  10. 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: 2.8/5 (402 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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