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Poetry

When poetry first started, the verses were actually written so that people could sing them or read them out loud. Because poetry was introduced closely after writing was developed, the ancient poems were very structured and early poets followed a traditional format. It wasn’t until the twentieth century when authors of poems wrote works that were considered free verse.

Today, poetry takes so many forms and styles. Authors now use poems to express certain emotions and stories that will relate to themselves, with other people, and with many sensitive issues of today’s generation.

Over the course of centuries, different parts of the world have developed their own style in poetry. And classical poetry had a mind of its own. With the help of some prominent authors in poetry during their time such as Cornaro, Kazantzakis, and Cavafy who were each notable for their unique use of language in their poems, other aspiring poets and authors became inspired to write as well.

Although poetry has evolved over time, modernization only empowered the use of poems not only as a form of entertainment but also as a form of self-exp​ression. Modern-day poets such as Maya Angelou and Billy Collins have created poems that transcend through generations and inspire people through their lines and poetic wisdom.

Aside from American poets, there were also British poets who were able to publish famous works that became popular all over the world. Thomas Hardy was one of the English poets that became notable worldwide. Hardy was born in England in the year 1840. He has created poems all of More...
Phillis Wheatley was one of the first few African-Americans who were considered published poets during her time. In fact, she was the second of her race to be able to successfully publish poems and the first woman of her race to do so. Even when she was young, Wheatley had More...
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was one of the known members of the Fireside poets who were a very popular group of poets originating from New England and were considered close rivals to the popularity of poets from Britain. As a member of the Fireside poets, Henry Longfellow was from Maine. Aside More...
A very controversial yet well- acclaimed poet during the mid- 19th century was Sylvia Plath. Plath was praised for her work but her death in 1963 through suicide made her life controversial. Sylvia Plath was actually born in the United States but she spent a few years in England with More...