(ancient Greek: ποιεω (poieo) = I create) is an art form in
which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in
addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content. It
consists largely of oral or literary works in which language is
used in a manner that is felt by its user and audience to differ
from ordinary prose.
may use condensed or compressed form to convey emotion or ideas to the
reader's or listener's mind or ear; it may also use devices such as
assonance and repetition to achieve musical or incantatory effects. Poems
frequently rely for their effect on imagery, word association, and the
musical qualities of the language used. The interactive layering of all
these effects to generate meaning is what marks poetry.
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