10 Things About Poetry You Didn’t Know

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. — Plato

1. “Poem” comes from the Greek poíēma, meaning a “thing made,” and a poet is defined in ancient terms as “a maker of things.” So a poem is a thing made. Prose comes from the Latin “prosa oratio,” meaning “straightforward.”  

2. The longest poem in the world is Mahabharata, an Indian epic ‘narrative’ poem which has around 1.8 million words. Kisari Mohun Ganguli was the first to translate the Sanskrit epic into English. The complete translation was published in Calcutta between 1883 and 1896.

3. Poetry is a dispatch. Poetry suspends time. Fiction never happened. Poetry happened many times over. If it’s a poem, the poet must have experienced it. Well, that’s public perception! Readers tend to identify with poets a lot more than fiction writers, and everything they write must have happened, of course!

4. If you are a poet, you’ll always be a poet. Poets are the ones who see the truth first. They won’t let the world sleep. It is the love of the language, greater than anything else, and words of empathy and sensitivity.

7. Villanelles originated from Italian and Spanish folk songs with country or rustic themes and accompanying dances The popular poetry form Villanelles are built around one or more refrains, which means entire phrases get repeated throughout the poem. This makes them more song-like than most other poems, but also more repetitive. Successful villanelles are extremely rare due to the immense weight placed upon the refrains, which must therefore be strong enough to carry an entire poem on their own.

Hope you enjoyed this post. If you’re a writer undecided between prose and poetry, I suggest you do both!

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