Exploring Poetry

Poets see things in a special way. The describe ordinary, every-day situations in a curious manner. For example, in the poem “The Paratroopers”, the poet compares the droplets from a leaky gutter to paratroopers who jump from an airplane.

Poems evoke beautiful moods and sensations within the mind of the reader and poets employ strong, powerful words to express their ideas. Whereas a novelist may have a vast playground of words to tell a story, a poet needs to drive home the point in just a few brief lines. For this reason, poets need to pack as much meaning as possible into each line, and use each word with selective care.

Poets often make use of literary devices such as the simile, metaphor and personifications to make their language more fun and interesting.

Have fun exploring poetry with Patrick Carpen

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