What is poetry?
Macaulay described poetry as 'the art of employing words in such a manner as to
produce an illusion of the imagination, the art of doing by means of words, what the
painter does by means of colour'.
Poetry presents the emotions of the poet, who can control and shape the most intense
and complicated emotions. It can be set off from other writing by its rhythm, its
conreteness and its language.
Short Story Writers
Antjie Krog Mongane Serote
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A poem is not a delicate piece of pottery that
clumsy hands may drop and break into pieces. It
can be analysed, disected, put under the
microscope; and the closer and more detailed
the examination, the more one finds to admire,
as with any work of art.
from Feet on the Ground
by Margaret J. O'Donnell
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