Poets and poetry lovers! What is Poetry?

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  1. chef-de-jour profile image98
    chef-de-jourposted 3 years ago

    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.

  2. Venkatachari M profile image34
    Venkatachari Mposted 3 years ago

    Poetry, I think, is the flow of innate feelings through some tuned syllables.
    It pours out from heart naturally whenever you experience some emotions of love, beauty, happiness, sorrow, and the like.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image87
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Lovely Ven!

    2. chef-de-jour profile image98
      chef-de-jourposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, I really appreciate your comment. I love the water element in your definition...flow...pours....fascinating. And the fine tuned syllables.wonderful and evocative. I'd like to use this in a hub I'm creating?

  3. Jodah profile image89
    Jodahposted 3 years ago

    Poetry is a gentle river flowing through a rocky and mountainous landscape of prose.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image87
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Beautiful, as only a poet can express.

    2. Venkatachari M profile image34
      Venkatachari Mposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Great description. I can see it with my eyes flowing from there so awesome.

    3. chef-de-jour profile image98
      chef-de-jourposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I see you are one with Basho the haiku master. A serene image, peaceful yet powerful. Jodah can I use this in my hub? Big congratulations for your recent award. Fully deserved.

    4. Jodah profile image89
      Jodahposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Yes chef, feel free to use it in your hub.

  4. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 3 years ago

    Poetry is the mind, body, and soul coming together to say what the heart feels.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image87
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Beautifully stated, JT.

    2. chef-de-jour profile image98
      chef-de-jourposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you. Succinct, beautifully wrapped up. The idea that soul and heart are brought together in poetry is a miracle. I'd love to use this in a hub with your permission.

    3. profile image0
      JThomp42posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Absolutely Chef.

  5. GNelson profile image76
    GNelsonposted 3 years ago

    If there is one thing I have learned about writing poems, it is that they are never done.  Years pass, they sit unfinished.  Like children, I always want to help them.  Change them a little, just a little wisdom from a father.  It is hard to let go, to stop, set them free.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image87
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      You must be a true poet!

    2. chef-de-jour profile image98
      chef-de-jourposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you. The idea that poems are born I find wondrous. If I could use your words in a hub I'd be delighted?  Some poems I find just won't lie down and behave!

    3. GNelson profile image76
      GNelsonposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      You can use my words.

  6. manatita44 profile image84
    manatita44posted 3 years ago

    I have taken a more comprehensive approach in two of my Hubs here on Hub Pages. Look me up, Bro.

    Lots of sublime and esoteric poetry to see and peruse also.

    " If you listen, the Universe sings with majesty to its own rhapsodies;
    Day and night the zephyrs blow, and the willow bends in adoration to its own cadences of sounds."-Manatita

    Much peace, Bro.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image87
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      You poetry is like music, Manatita.

    2. manatita44 profile image84
      manatita44posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      And you heart enfolds a beauty and radiates much joy to all. Peace, my very sweet Sister Faith.

    3. chef-de-jour profile image98
      chef-de-jourposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you. I love the natural connection to music and the possibility for rhythm. Mystery is there too. I'd like to use your words in a hub if that's possible Manatita?

  7. snakeslane profile image83
    snakeslaneposted 3 years ago

    Poetry is a distillation of words and life, alchemy, transmutation, art...

    1. chef-de-jour profile image98
      chef-de-jourposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  8. melodyj profile image59
    melodyjposted 3 years ago

    Poetry Is the knife to struggles, triumph, and hard times.  It is the note to divide hope from shame. I love poetry reading and writing I define poetry by its inability to structure my life. It is the way I push pass hurt and pain. I take poetry like the desire of a cup of coffee in the morning, the cup of hot chocolate that warms me on the inside. It is the tasty benefit to filled my signature of love for others as well as myself. It is the fight against all odds in life. I pride myself on poetry.

    1. chef-de-jour profile image98
      chef-de-jourposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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?

  9. janshares profile image95
    jansharesposted 3 years ago

    Poetry is movement; words shifting around within the writer's soul, coming together in harmonious message, which moves into the reader's soul. Without movement, there is no poetry; it cannot stand still.

    1. chef-de-jour profile image98
      chef-de-jourposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    2. janshares profile image95
      jansharesposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Of course, feel free, chef.

    3. manatita44 profile image84
      manatita44posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Cool Chef.

      Go right ahead but give credit for these two lines. Peace.

  10. Romeos Quill profile image81
    Romeos Quillposted 3 years ago

    Poetry is the oxygen of the soul; the graceful signature of divine harmony scribed through the rhapsody of literature upon the sceptred barre's of beseeching hearts. It is a simple prayer, spoken by the masters of the sixth day through the voices of the five for the glory of the Lord of the seventh; she is the chalice of man's lofty spirit lifted with the angels in communion with God's own heart.

    1. chef-de-jour profile image98
      chef-de-jourposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    2. Venkatachari M profile image34
      Venkatachari Mposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi, it is very wonderful a description, something more than poetry. So nice an amazing portrayal of poetry. I love it.

    3. manatita44 profile image84
      manatita44posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I thought that I was good, Romeo. Now I see why you have that name. Peace Bro.

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    SirDentposted 3 years ago

    Poetry is painting a picture with words, much like an artist with paint and brush in hand.

    1. chef-de-jour profile image98
      chef-de-jourposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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?

    2. profile image0
      SirDentposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Sure thing.  I don't mind at all.

  12. ChitrangadaSharan profile image58
    ChitrangadaSharanposted 3 years ago

    Poetry is stirring up emotions and expressing your heart and mind in a few words! If expressed with heart, it instantly reaches the hearts!

    1. chef-de-jour profile image98
      chef-de-jourposted 3 years agoin reply to this

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

  13. Chantelle-Goodwin profile image60
    Chantelle-Goodwinposted 3 years ago

    For me, poetry is putting into words what can't be put into words. Creating moments and feelings out of past or present experiences. It's also the use of words and phrases in an unusual way to provoke something new in people.

    1. chef-de-jour profile image98
      chef-de-jourposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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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