The Facets of Poetry

Amitav Chowdhury

Apart from composing poetry poets have tried to define poetry. There are myriad explanations, but none could capture the essence of this art in entirety. Just like this universe and our existence, we have always struggled to find purpose and meaning of life. A poet starts composing under different circumstances- sometimes it is euphoric love and passion or intense grief and failure. Nature and spirituality have inspired many poets too.

When we speak of poetry and its cadence, we also speak of technicalities of metre, rhyme, metaphor, syllable, alliteration, etc. Even the genres like blank verse, ballads, epic poems, hymns, and even lyrics to name a few.

What I want to emphasize here is that all the definitions of poetry by eminent poets are true individually, but cannot define this art or its reason completely. I think poetic compositions are so expansive and deeply personal that it is impossible to know…

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