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Guillaume Apollinaires's visual poetry
from the collection Poèmes à Lou
(Public domain)


Generally speaking, poetry is a language art based on musicality and rhythm. Its goal is to express emotions and feelings through the resources of language.

Derived from the Greek "poiêsis", meaning "creation", poetry arose from oral tradition. In point of fact, in the days of Antiquity, oral transmission was used to communicate historic facts and ancient myths. Recurrences of the versified form of oral poetry enabled the public to retain was told them more easily.

Long associated with versification, poetry today tends to disassociate itself from it. Unlike prose, it grants more importance to the significant, that is to say the form, than the signified. Poetry remains, nevertheless, enigmatic and difficult to define, in particular due to its diversity.

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