What is poetry? Kas yra poezija?

Firstly, this post is a question. It is not and never was clear to me what the poetry is. Yet I and everyone else face it from their days we were little(nuo dienų, kai buvome maži). Was it a birthday song, a few melodic lines learnt in the nursery, a happy Valentine,  some structured creativity in you secret diary or what you had to learn by heart in school.

But these are only examples of poetry. It’s not very easy to deduce from those what poetry is. The same way it would be difficult to say how a camera takes pictures, while not knowing what the mechanism was.

So what really is poetry?

My dictionary tells me it’s “a quality of beauty and intensity of emotion regarded as characteristic of poetry”.

The definition doesn’t give out much, only that a poem should be beautiful and emotional. Does that mean that poetry can really be anything, if it sticks to these two basic rules? Is my question too trivial, or am I not seeing something?

Let me create a trivial example of a poem, a man on a horse, trying to calm it down, being friendly.

…He walked a step, a horse trotted a step.

He walked again, horse trotted again.

It was a game that he couldn’t win.

He became angry, turned away.

A horse became happy, turned his way.

A horse trotted a step, he walked a step….

I think that there’s a lot to learn, if you try to recreate a process! Now I can see, that I needed an idea to begin with(a topic). Also, maybe an idea should be a serious one, an intention is needed, otherwise, seriously, why bother?

So now, after little of experimenting, I think that poetry is something that:

  • Is beautiful
  • Is emotional
  • Has an idea
  • Has an intention

I wonder, what else poetry can be..? To find out, we’ll have a new category in the blog, called “Art”, where we’ll create intentional/searching/questioning posting of one or other kind of art!


5 thoughts on “What is poetry? Kas yra poezija?

  1. thats a great idea.
    i’ll come back when its running.
    For me poetry s “a literary sequence created to teach, evoke or provoke others thoughts and feelings”

  2. scrisoarefaralitere

    Poetry is a feeling translated into words with a different meaning than the “ordinary” one.
    Poetry is a way to use language in a different way.
    Language is limitative because of limited vocabulary and strict grammar rules.Poetry expands languge and tries to express the soul.

  3. susirupines

    Yes, what you can’t say in words, you can say in poetry. But why then there are soo many poems created? Maybe we should use poetry to communicate in our every day life? Language is meant for scientific purposes, like passing information.. But so many times it’s just the exchange of nothingness and it affects poetry, too, me thinks! But then maybe we wouldn’t even distinct poetry from other literary or nor literary sequences.. What is damaging – poetry in adverting. It does provoke, like kseverny says, but it tries to pass the ordinary meaning…

  4. scrisoarefaralitere

    I think we could use poetry to communicate in daily life.In ancient cultures daily life dialogues were closer to poetry and poetry itself was more popular at celebrations,rituals,important moments. And, of course, there is always a close link between poetry and music!

  5. bldherenow

    Hello, I would like to invite you to join; The Poetic Voice Community. It is a writer’s site where you can enter contests – add poetry and get feedback. The latest entries are listed on the blog posts. Click on link, and check us out! Then join, and post.

    Website: http://poeticvoice.ning.com/

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