9 Writers Who Can Settle Once and For All What Poetry Really...

9 Writers Who Can Settle Once and For All What Poetry Really Is

The word poetry comes from the ancient Greek work poieo which means ‘I create’ and if you consult the dictionary on what poetry is you’ll get something dry and cold like ‘an art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content.’ Good to know but I think we can do way better than that.

Read on for 9 writers who settle once and for all what poetry really is.

For Edgar Allen Poe, poetry is pure passion.

For Charles Bukowski, poetry is the last ditch attempt at meaning. The end game when all else seems lost.

For Gustave Flaubert, poetry is everything, every cell, every particle, every microbe on this earth.

For Jack Kerouac, poetry is a form of communication far superior to talking on the telephone.

For Kahil Gibran, poetry is a record of our emptiness, scrawled on trees that were once themselves poems written by the earth on the sky.

For Charles Baudelaire, poetry is intoxication, like wine and like virtue, you can never have too much of it.

For W.H. Auden, poetry is confusion made crystal-clear.

For Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poetry is spray paint on the brick wall of your heart.

For Robert Frost, poetry is the missing parts, the should-haves, the could-haves, the never-dids.


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