But a lot of people don't read poetry. They feel like they don't 'get it' or even know what 'it' is.
So, what is poetry?
The Simplistic Answer
Poetry is a form of literature. It usually has shorter sentences than prose (but not always, because is life ever that simple?) and is arranged in lines.
Sometimes it rhymes. Sometimes it doesn't rhyme. Sometimes it has a regular rhythm - and sometimes it doesn't.
Basically, poetry is relatively short lines, usually conveying emotion of some description. Apart from that, the definitions are vague at best.
The Hippie-Dippy Answer
My parents are quite normal when you meet them... honest.
Poetry is simply lines arranged on a page, that, if the poet's done their job right, mean something to you.
Poetry can be written by anyone, and read by anyone. It's about whatever you want it to be about.
And never let anyone tell you anything different. If you can appreciate song lyrics, if you can appreciate prose, film, music, dialogue, anything, on any level, then you can appreciate poetry. Screw the shamers.
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