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Poets and poetry lovers! What is Poetry?


As a keen reader and writer of poetry I've been asking this question on and off for years! I'll be writing a hub on the subject soon.There have been many fascinating attempts by different poets over the years to define poetry. I like this quote by Lawrence Ferlenghetti: Poetry is a naked woman, a naked man, and the distance between them. I'd love to hear your answers if you have them.

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Venkatachari M says

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    Faith Reaper 2 years ago

    Lovely Ven!


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John Hansen (Jodah) says

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    Faith Reaper 2 years ago

    Beautiful, as only a poet can express.


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manatita44 says

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    Faith Reaper 2 years ago

    You poetry is like music, Manatita.


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Janis Leslie Evans (janshares) says

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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 2 years ago

    Fascinating thoughts, thank you. From your words I see water with wind, or flame, or both, and dance. If I could use these in a hub I'm writing I'd be very grateful.


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 2 years ago

    Thank you Chitrangada. Heart to heart and all stirred up! I like it.

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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 2 years ago

    Thank you snakeslane. The combination of words and life...being distilled..fascinating idea. Can I use your definition in a hub? I almost see a wizard at work here.

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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 2 years ago

    Thank you. Some fascinating material in there! By using the word knife do you mean as in surgery or as an action of cutting through? I'd like to use parts of your answer in a hub I'm creating?

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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 2 years ago

    Thank you. Some rich material here. I like the idea that the soul breathes in poetry. I would like to use your quote in a hub I'm writing - if that's ok with you.


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 2 years ago

    OK thank you. I like the idea of creating feeling and the 'magic' related to that process. I'd like to include this definition in a hub I've written, if that's ok.

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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 2 years ago

    Thank you. The hub I'm writing about the meaning of poetry has a quote from none other than Leonardo da Vinci, quite similar to yours! Many poets 'see' and feel their words in the mind's eye then write them down as they see fit. If I could use this?


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