Many people have tried to define poetry. It is more than just words that rhyme or lines in verses. Often good poetry says something meaningful in just a few words. It is concentrated language.
If you read a few lines of poetry, it often sticks in your mind. That's why it works well in places where people have to read quickly, such as on posters at train stations.
Poets usually have strong feelings about the subject of their poem. They often want the people who read their poems to feel the emotion too.
Here's how some famous poets define poetry:
Here are some great resources to help you analyse and create poetry.
Find a poem or poet by searching the database.
Explore a range of poetry styles and techniques and explore poems in the Poetry Vault and mashup your own poetic works using images, video sound and more.
An archive of English sonnets, commentary, and relevant web links and a forum for poets to share and discuss.
This website offers teachers and students an introduction to writing haiku poems, a chance to study the history and nature of haiku poetry and an introduction to the fundamental principles of creative writing.
Poetry Out Loud
Hear poems read out loud and get some tips on how to recite poetry like a professional
A website about how to write poetry.
All things funny about poetry.
Australian Poetry Library
Contains over 42,000 Australian poems
Australian Children's Poetry
Find some great information about Australian poets.
Instant Poetry Forms
Use the frameworks on this website to help you write great poetry.
An innovative site which consistes of a poem a day for students and their teachers to read, study and enjoy.
Bot or Not
Test yourself to see whether you can tell whether a human or a computer wrote a poem.
10 Ways to Use Poetry in the Classroom
Discover ten ways to integrate poetry into your language, reading, and writing lessons.