Read Free Poetry Books

PublicBookshelf has poetry books that cover a wide variety of topics from types of poetry to short love poems. Read books online free.

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!

  1. Sort book list by:
  2. Title
  3. Author
  4. Rating

  1. Inane Interpolations In Bhagvad-Gita (An Invocation for their Revocation)
    Inane Interpolations In Bhagvad-Gita (An Invocation for their Revocation)
    by B S Murthy

    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

    Comments
    Story Parts:

    This ‘overdue’ work, may lead the ‘denied’ Hindu castes and the favored folks alike for an objective approach to the in vogue Bhagvad-Gita dispelling the misgivings of the former and the delusions of the latter to bridge the Hindu emotional gulf with its abridged book that restores its original form

    Categories: Poetry, Other Non-fiction, Bookies

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

    Rating: 2.4/5 (11 votes cast)

    Comments
    Story Parts:

    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

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

    Rating: 2.6/5 (9 votes cast)

    Comments
    Story Parts:

    '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

    Read
  4. Bakers Dozen: Creative Writing Workbook
    Bakers Dozen: Creative Writing Workbook

    by Steven Cross

    Bakers Dozen: Creative Writing Workbook
    by Steven Cross

    Rating: 2.8/5 (430 votes cast)

    Comments

    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

    Read
  5. 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 (405 votes cast)

    Comments

    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: Other Fiction, Poetry

    Read
  6. The Magic of Words
    The Magic of Words

    by Farhan Baloch

    The Magic of Words
    by Farhan Baloch

    Rating: 2.9/5 (18 votes cast)

    Comments
    Story Parts:

    This is poetry book made for all audiences it's just like magic in the sense reflection of how you may feel that day or if you just want to read. it is based on my literal life experiences or someone close to me so feels free to indulge in the deliciousness of these words and take them as you may.

    Categories: Mystery & Suspense, Poetry, Other Non-fiction

    Read
  7. Without An Angel
    Without An Angel
    by Mitchell Bogatz

    Rating: 3.3/5 (157 votes cast)

    Comments

    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

    Read
  8. Purple Candies
    Purple Candies
    by Olga Divine Agahozo

    Rating: 3.3/5 (15 votes cast)

    Comments

    Categories: Poetry, Other Non-fiction

    Read
  9. love
    love

    by bright.love

    love
    by bright.love

    Rating: 3.5/5 (10 votes cast)

    Comments
    Story Parts:

    this is my very fist book of poems. fell free to add a comment or rate . thank you !.

    Categories: Poetry

    Read
Become a PublicBookshelf Author
Join The
PublicBookshelf Book Club
Featured Novel
Featured Novel East

Lizzy Ford

Book 2 History Interrupted The past is waiting. Josie Jackson has been thrown back to the era of the Mongol Empire by Carter, the mastermind behind her trip to the Old West. Soon after arriving, she's discovered by Carter's enemies.

Read
Featured Author
Featured Author

V. M. Black

I live near Washington, D.C., with my family—the usually husband and kids contingent, with extended relatives who pop in and out of the house from time to time. A proud geek, I love fantasy, romance, science fiction, and historical fiction. I’m a compulsive dreamer, and I feel spoiled to be able to be able to make a career out of imagining things!

Write Your Own Bookie
  • Write a little. Write a lot.
  • Write one story or several.
  • Add to your stories anytime.
  • Easy to submit - mobile or desktop.
  • Use your book cover or pick.