Poetry (from the Greek ‘poiesis’, a making: a forming, creating, or the art of poetry, or a poem) is a form of literary art in which language is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its apparent meaning. (From Wikipedia)
However, I liked how the character John Keating in the movie “The Dead Poets Society” put it:
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?
Such insight! Poetry is a lyrical expression of our soul…it’s short of singing. That’s why poems are so easy to put to music. Poems are melodies of soul.
I started writing poems in high school. It waned from then. I seldom write anymore. But I’ll share with you the musing of my youth.