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09-18-12, 02:12 PM
What is Poetry?
a dictionary definition of poetry states:

1. A verbal composition designed to convey experiences, ideas, or emotions in a vivid and imaginative way, characterized by the use of language chosen for its sound and suggestive power and by the use of literary techniques such as meter, metaphor, and rhyme.

2. A composition in verse rather than in prose.

3. A literary composition written with an intensity or beauty of language more characteristic of poetry than of prose

Poetry Vs. Prose
So, what is the difference between the two?
I did some research and this a list of some of the ways that they differ:


Speaks directly to the readers emotions

Suggests things beyond what they are actually saying

Concentrated language that multi-tasks

Size is selected by line lengths decided by writer

Ideas are grouped by stanzas

Speaks to the logical part of the readers mind

Explains and describes things

Contains logical words that follow a set path

Size determined by page margins

Ideas are grouped by paragraphs