Poetic form
Poetry is a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language—such as phonaesthetics, sound symbolism, and metre—to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ...
William Blake: The Tyger
Mark West of AnimaCrackers created this beautiful animated interpretation of the William Blake poem, read by Kristin Hughes. Bach's Cello Suite No. 5 in C mi...
Bob Dylan wins Nobel prize in literature
The Swedish Academy has announced that this year's Nobel Prize in Literature goes to Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan is best known for having created new p...
The Conditioned
Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho was homeless in São Paulo, Brazil, for nearly 35 years, and became locally known for sitting in the same spot and writing every day.…
The Longest Poem Ever Written: Shahnameh – The Epic Book Of Kings
In 977 AD, a Persian poet named Ferdowsi began on a grandiose poetic journey that would take him 33 years to complete. He used ancient Persian tales which had been told from generation to generation f...
A new weapon of Islamist extremists is...poetry?
Militant Islamist groups have a number of strategies for recruiting vulnerable young men to their cause. They produce videos, tap into social media and write fiery pamphlets with overblown rhetoric. ...
Epic poetry
An epic (from the Ancient Greek adjective ἐπικός (epikos), from ἔπος (epos) "word, story, poem") is a lengthy narrative poem, ordinarily concerning a serious subject containing details of heroic deeds...
Metre (poetry)
In poetry, metre (meter in American spelling) is the basic rhythmic structure of a verse or lines in verse. Many traditional verse forms prescribe a specific verse metre, or a certain set of metres ...
Yue fu
Yuefu (simplified Chinese: 乐府; traditional Chinese: 樂府; pinyin: yuèfǔ) are Chinese poems composed in a folk song style. The term originally literally meant "Music Bureau", a reference to ...
Sevenling
A Sevenling is a poem of seven lines with similar structure to this poem by Anna Akhmatova:Structure:Lines one to three should contain three connected or contrasting statements, or a list of three de...
Aubade
An aubade is a morning love song (as opposed to a serenade, which is in the evening), or a song or poem about lovers separating at dawn. It has also been defined as "a song or instrumental composition...
Kenneth Yasuda
Kenneth Yasuda (June 23, 1914 - January 26, 2002) was a Japanese-American scholar and translator.
Yasuda was born on June 23, 1914, in Auburn, California. His poetry studies at the University of...
Heroic couplet
A heroic couplet is a traditional form for English poetry, commonly used in epic and narrative poetry; it refers to poems constructed from a sequence of rhyming pairs of lines in iambic pentameter. ...
Lanterne (poem)
A lanterne is a cinquain form of poetry, in which the first line has one syllable and each subsequent line increases in length by one syllable, except for the final line that concludes the poem with o...
Haiga
Haiga (俳画, haikai drawing) is a style of Japanese painting that incorporates the aesthetics of haikai. Haiga are typically painted by haiku poets (haijin), and often accompanied by a haiku poem. L...
Vedic accent
The pitch accent of Vedic Sanskrit, or Vedic accent for brevity, is traditionally divided by Sanskrit grammarians into three qualities, udātta "raised" (acute accent, high pitch), anudātta "not raise...
Isibongo
In Zulu culture, "isibongo" is a clan name or "praise name". The term is derived from the verb "-bonga" meaning "to praise", "to thank", "to worship" or "to call by a clan name". The plural form "iz...
Chant royal
The Chant Royal is a poetic form that is a variation of the ballad form and consists of five eleven-line stanzas with a rhyme scheme a-b-a-b-c-c-d-d-e-d-E and a five-line envoi rhyming d-d-e-d-E or a ...
Song thất lục bát
The song thất lục bát (雙七六八, literally "double seven, six eight") is a Vietnamese form, which consists of a quatrain comprising a couplet of two seven-syllable lines followed by a Lục bát couplet (a s...
Haiku in English
A haiku in English is a very short poem in the English language, following to a greater or lesser extent the form and style of the Japanese haiku. A typical haiku is a three-line quirky observation ab...
Tornada (Occitan literary term)
In Old Occitan literature, a tornada ([turˈnaðɔ, tuʀˈnadɔ], [turˈnaðə, toɾˈnaða]; "turned, twisted") refers to a final, shorter stanza (or cobla) that appears in lyric poetry and serves a variety of p...
Strophe
A strophe (/ˈstroʊfiː/) is a poetic term originally referring to the first part of the ode in Ancient Greek tragedy, followed by the antistrophe and epode. The term has been extended to also mean a st...
Shadorma
The Shadorma is a poetic form consisting of a six-line stanza (or sestet). The form is alleged to have originated in Spain. Each stanza has a syllable count of three syllables in the first line, fiv...