->''"Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does."''
-->--'''Creator/AllenGinsberg'''

Pretty words.

No, really. That's what poetry is. Sometimes it rhymes, sometimes there are more line breaks than usual. All you really need to make a poem, though, is to put it together so it sounds good, or at least sounds the way you want it to sound. It is the favored form of [[Creator/AllenGinsberg revolutionaries]] and [[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI queens]], pretentious professors and [[{{Wangst}} angsty teens]].

Poetry is one of the [[OlderThanDirt oldest kinds]] of literature, and many of the [[Literature/TheSongOfRoland earliest]] [[Literature/{{Beowulf}} tales]] [[Literature/TheBible from]] [[Literature/TheOdyssey civilizations]] [[Literature/{{Ramayana}} across]] [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh the world]] are in some sort of poetic form.
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'''Tropes relating to poetry'''
* CommonMeter
* EpicCatalog
* {{Epigraph}}
* LostInTranslation
* MidwordRhyme
* TheMuse
* NarrativePoem
* NurseryRhyme
* NuSpeling
* PainfulRhyme
* PoemFic
* RhymesOnADime
* RhymingWithItself
* SecondPersonNarration
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion

'''Notable Poetic Works'''

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* ''Literature/TheAeneid''
* ''Literature/{{archy and mehitabel}}''
* ''Literature/ArielPlath''
* ''Literature/BackToHisNativeStrand''
* ''Literature/{{Batrachomyomachia}}''
* ''Literature/TheBattleOfMaldon''
* ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}''
* ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales''
* ''Literature/CaseyAtTheBat''
* ''Literature/ChildBallads''
* ''Literature/CreationManAndTheMessiah''
* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy''
* ''Literature/DonJuan''
* ''Literature/DoNotGoGentleIntoThatGoodNight''
* ''Literature/DreamOfTheRood''
* ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''
* ''Literature/TheErlKing" or "Der Erlkönig''
* ''Literature/TheEveOfStAgnes''
* ''Literature/TheFaerieQueene''
* ''Literature/GoblinMarket''
* ''Literature/GreenEggsAndHam''
* ''Literature/TheHighwayman''
* ''Literature/{{Howl}}''
* ''Literature/TheHuntingOfTheSnark''
* ''Literature/IdyllsOfTheKing''
* ''Literature/TheIliad''
* ''Literature/{{Jabberwocky}}''
* ''Literature/TheKalevala''
* ''{{Literature/Kalevipoeg}}''
* ''Literature/KublaKhan''
* ''Literature/LeavesOfGrass''
* ''Literature/{{Lenore}}''
* ''Theatre/{{Manfred}}'' (sort of a poem, sort of a play, sort of a short story)
* ''Literature/MaxAndMoritz''
* ''Literature/TheMetamorphoses''
* ''{{Literature/Nibelungenlied}}''
* ''Literature/TheOdyssey''
* ''Literature/OldPossumsBookOfPracticalCats''
* ''Literature/OrlandoFurioso''
* ''Literature/ParadiseLost''
* ''Theatre/ThePeonyPavilion''
* ''Literature/PippaPasses''
* ''Literature/PoeticEdda''
* ''Literature/TheRapeOfTheLock''
* ''Literature/TheRaven''
* ''Literature/ReynardTheFox''
* ''Literature/TheRimeOfTheAncientMariner''
* ''Literature/RosesAreRedVioletsAreBlue''
* ''Literature/TheSecondComing''
* ''Literature/TheShahnameh''
* ''Literature/SongsOfInnocenceAndOfExperience''
* ''Literature/TheSongOfRoland''
* ''Literature/TheSonneteer''
* ''Literature/SonnetsFromThePortuguese''
* ''Literature/TheSpiderAndTheFly''
* ''Literature/TheTalesOfEnsignStal''
* ''Literature/TheThreeDecker''
* ''Literature/TheTrojanCycle''
* ''Literature/TheWildParty''
* ''Literature/TheWasteLand''
* ''Literature/{{Zorgamazoo}}''

'''Notable Poets'''
* Creator/AlfredLordTennyson
* Creator/WHAuden
* Creator/TheBeatGeneration
** Creator/RichardBrautigan
** Creator/AllenGinsberg
* Creator/WilliamBlake
* Creator/WilliamWordsworth
* Creator/RobertoBolano
* Creator/BertoltBrecht
* Creator/RobertBrowning
* Creator/CharlesBukowski
* Creator/RobertBurns
* Creator/LordByron
* Creator/LewisCarroll
* Creator/{{Catullus}}
* Creator/GeoffreyChaucer
* Creator/GKChesterton
* Music/LeonardCohen
* Creator/SamuelTaylorColeridge
* Creator/EECummings
* Creator/EmilyDickinson
* Creator/JohnDonne
* Creator/TSEliot
* Creator/RobertFrost
* Creator/FedericoGarciaLorca
* Creator/JohannWolfgangVonGoethe
* Creator/ThomasHardy
* Creator/HermannHesse
* Creator/KarelHlavacek
* Creator/{{Homer}}
* Creator/TedHughes
* Creator/JohnKeats
* Creator/RudyardKipling
* Music/TomLehrer
* Creator/ChristopherMarlowe
* Creator/EdnaStVincentMillay
* Creator/JohnMilton
* Creator/GabrielaMistral
* Creator/JanNeruda
* Creator/PabloNeruda
* Creator/{{Ovid}}
* Creator/OgdenNash
* Creator/BanjoPaterson
* Creator/SylviaPlath
* Creator/EdgarAllanPoe
* Creator/AlexanderPope
* Creator/EzraPound
* Creator/AlexanderPushkin
* Creator/RainerMariaRilke
* Creator/CarlSandburg
* Creator/{{Sappho}}
* Creator/SiegfriedSassoon
* Creator/AnneSexton
* Creator/DrSeuss
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare
* Creator/PercyByssheShelley
* Creator/ShelSilverstein
* [[Creator/JosefVaclavSladek Josef Václav Sládek]]
* Music/PattiSmith
* Creator/DylanThomas
* Creator/KarelToman
* Creator/{{Virgil}}
* [[Creator/JaroslavVrchlicky Jaroslav Vrchlicky]]
* Creator/HenrikWergeland
* Creator/WaltWhitman
* Creator/WilliamButlerYeats

'''Useful Notes'''
* UsefulNotes/PoetryForms
** {{Sonnet}}

'''Poetry Games'''
* JustForFun/ExquisiteCorpse
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