can take many forms – long poems, short poems, rhyming or not rhyming. Different cultures have different formats, for examples the Japanese haiku. The common theme is the way the poem is structured with a rhythm. A poem does not have to rhyme.
Poems can cover a huge range of topics. The genre of poetry
is equally about the structure as well as the content, so you will find a more complex, yet creative approach to story-telling. Poetry is used for many reasons. The simple beauty of the format or as a way to invoke feelings and emotions in a way that is not possible with a straightforward piece of text.
can be traced back to ancient times in the 2nd and 3rd millennium BC and were often used to tell epic tales. In fact one of the oldest poems discovered on ancient tablets is the Epic of Gilgamesh from Mesopotamia around 2000 BC. It tells the tale of gods and kings and great journeys and battles
Other well known epics that have survived from the ancient world are Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey from ancient Greece.
We already mentioned Shakespeare but in the middle ages he and his contemporaries made the sonnet a popular form of poetry. The rise of the theatre and plays provided larger audiences for poetry. The plays themselves contained poems and it is likely that you will have studied them at school.
Another period of history when poetry books were used to great effect is the First World War. Poets like Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen became famous for there use of poems to described the harrowing experiences of war on the front line. The format and use of metaphors to draw in the reader is exceptionally clever and will not fail to invoke emotion.
in the form of eBooks are a great way to spend a summers day exploring new ideas or curling up in front of the fire in the middle of winter and indulging in wonderful verse. For the true romantics, seek out love poems and read them to your partner.