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Introduction to Poetry

Initial thoughts on poetry

Judy Douglas

on 13 June 2014

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Transcript of Introduction to Poetry

Introduction to Poetry
What is poetry?
Prior Knowledge
What is a poem?
Concerns & ideas?
What are your thoughts/feelings/beliefs/opinions towards poetry? Why?
Why do we read poetry?

Why do we write poetry?
Definition (Oxford dictionary)
Literary work in which the expression of feelings and ideas is given intensity by the use of distinctive style and rhythm.

A quality of beauty and intensity of emotion regarded as characteristic of poems:
Something regarded as comparable to poetry in its beauty:
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
Robert Frost
Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.


A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
W. H. Auden
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.

Leonard Cohen
You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.
Joseph Joubert

Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.

Thomas Gray

What makes a good poem?
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