Define ‘Poetry’

Poetry seems to loosely be the creation of meaning through the use of rhetorical figures and language movement.  Focus is given necessarily to constructing particular ideas/emotions specifically with such figures (metaphor, metonymy, simile, synecdoche, etc.) and the organization and flow of words–particularly with how they sound when arranged in specific ways.  This is unlike the poem’s friend (or frenemy, I guess, depending on the person you ask) the novel, which necessarily includes a narrative arc (or at least a sequence of events) and can rest on it over precise use of language.


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