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What Is Poetry?

Poetry really has no one set definition. Shadow Poetry defines poetry as the art of writing thoughts, ideas, and dreams into imaginative language which can contain verse, pause, meter, repetition, and rhyme.

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Poet - is one who writes poetry.

Poem - is a written expression of emotion or ideas in an arrangement of
              words/verse most often rhythmically.

Bard - a poet.

Muse - a channel of inspiration for a poet.

Muses, in Greek mythology, were the nine daughters of the god Zeus and Mnemosyne,
the goddess of memory. The Muses were believed to inspire not only poets, but
all artist.

Nine Goddesses:

  • Calliope: muse of epic poetry
  • Clio: muse of history
  • Erato: muse of love poetry; also known as the muse of music
  • Euterpe: muse of lyric poetry
  • Melpomene: muse of tragedy
  • Polyhymnia: muse of sacred poetry
  • Terpsichore: muse of choral songs and the dance
  • Thalia: muse of comedy
  • Urania: muse of astronomy
If you are having trouble finding that perfect rhyme or a
better word for your poem, visit the RhymeZone.

Poetry Quotes

"I may write in silence, but my words will always be heard." - Marie Summers

"The sun cannot set without a poem being born!" - Connie Marcum Wong

"The tears of the poet fill the pen." - Floria

"A Poet's ink never dries." - Marie Summers

"Poetry is to hold judgment on your soul." - Henrik Ibsen

"Ocean waters..oceans deep..Serious poets never sleep." - Sally Ann Roberts

"Wine is bottled poetry." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese." - G. K. Chesterton

"Poetry is a mere drug, Sir." - George Farquhar (Love and a Bottle, 1698)

"Poetry...the deepest abyss of infinity." - Sally Ann Roberts

"Poetry is the doorway to the soul." - Floria

"Write the bad things that happen to you in the sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble." - Unknown

"Precious words like a river always fall from a poets lips." - Sybil Shearin

"Apart from the romantic reasons to write, poetry is for soul searches." - Therese Meade

"I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again." - Oscar Wilde

"There is no shorter time than time trapped between 'I love' and 'I love you not'." - Lonnie Hicks

"To write a poem is to show your heart and soul to the world." - fallenchild

"Words written in verse may speak volumes when those spoken do not." - Caressia Combs

"Poetry is the silent voice that is heard everywhere inside of us..." - Unknown

"Poem without rhyme, is the greatest crime." - Dr. Hitesh Sheth

"In poetry, syntaxes have little meaning, the order of the words is the order of your heart." - Peter A. Rosado

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