Poetry is a form of literature which adopts the aesthetic and rhythmic aspects of a language to create meanings. The origin of this form dates back to the prehistoric time when societies created hunting poetry in Africa.
Poetry is a genre which adopts specific forms and conventions to suggest a specific interpretation of words and evoke emotions. Common language features adopted by poetry are assonance, alliteration, rhyme and onomatopoeia, as well as symbolism, irony and ambiguity.
Some poetry types relate to specific cultures and genres and refer also to the style of the poet who wrote them. For example, it is easy to recognise poetry works written by Dante, Goethe or Rumi due to their styles.
Different are the elements of the poetry including prosody, rhyme, alliteration, assonance, stanzas and lines. As well as this, poetry works can have different forms such as sonnet, villanelle, shi, tanka, ode and ghazal.
A poet is a person who writes poetry. The main goal of poets is to communicate ideas in both a literal and metaphorical sense. Poets have existed since antiquity and have produced different works which differ from culture to culture, from period to period. Over the time, poets have adopted different styles which have changed during the course of literary history.
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