Both were highly eccentric, but that is not relevant. As such, it had no real appreciable influence on the other poets. Apart from the very simply written ballads of Songs of Innocence and Experiencemost of his other poems are long, some of epic proportions, after his hero, Milton.
Poetry as an art form predates written text. Poetry is often closely related to musical traditions,  and the earliest poetry exists in the form of hymns such as the work of Sumerian priestess Enheduannaand other types of song such as chants. As such poetry is a verbal art. Many of the poems surviving from the ancient world are recorded prayers, or stories about religious subject matter, but they also include historical accounts, instructions for everyday activities, love songs,  and fiction.
Many scholars, particularly those researching the Homeric tradition and the oral epics of the Balkans, suggest that early writing shows clear traces of older oral traditions, including the use of repeated phrases as building blocks in larger poetic units. A rhythmic and repetitious form would make a long story easier to remember and retell, before writing was available as an aide-memoire.
Thus many ancient works, from the Vedas - BC to the Odyssey - BCappear to have been composed in poetic form to aid memorization and oral transmission, in prehistoric and ancient societies.
In Africa, poetry has a history dating back to prehistorical times with the creation of hunting poetry, and panegyric and elegiac court poetry were developed extensively throughout the history of the empires of the Nile, Niger and Volta river valleys .
Some of the earliest written poetry in Africa can be found among the Pyramid Texts written during the 25th century BC, while the Epic of Sundiata is one of the most well-known examples of griot court poetry.
In African cultures, performance poetry is traditionally a part of theatrics, which was present in all aspects of pre-colonial African life  and whose theatrical ceremonies had many different functions, including political, educative, spiritual and entertainment. Poetics were an element of theatrical performances of local oral artists, linguists and historians, accompanied by local instruments of the people such as the korathe xalamthe mbira and the djembe drum.
Drumming for accompaniment is not to be confused with performances of the talking drumwhich is a literature of its own, since it is a distinct method of communication that depends on conveying meaning through non-musical grammatical, tonal and rhythmic rules imitating speech.
The oldest surviving speculative fiction poem is the Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor written in Hieratic and ascribed a date around B.
Other sources ascribe the earliest written poetry to the Epic of Gilgamesh written in cuneiform ; however, it is most likely that The Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor predates Gilgamesh by half a millennium.
Some scholars believe that either the Mahabharata or the Tibetan Epic of King Gesar is the longest example of epic poetry in history. Some ancient societies, such as the Chinese through the Classic of Historyone of the Five Classicsdeveloped canons of poetic works that had ritual as well as aesthetic importance.
For example, poetry employed to record historical events in epicssuch as Gilgamesh or Ferdowsi's Shahnameh will necessarily be lengthy and narrative, while poetry used for liturgical purposes in hymnspsalmssuras and hadiths is likely to have an inspirational tone, whereas elegies and tragedy are intended to invoke deep internal emotional responses.
Other contexts include music such as Gregorian chantsformal or diplomatic speech,  political rhetoric and invective,  light-hearted nursery and nonsense rhymesthrenodies to the deceased and even medical texts.
But poetry also has a more general meaning [Poetry as the expression of the feeling has become autumnal in tone T. Hardy, Huxley and T.S. Eliot are the poets of Pessimism and disillusionment in modern poetry. Romantic Elements In spite of the dominance of realism, in modern poetry, the spirit of romance continues to rule the minds of certain poets like Yeats, E.
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Find sample tests, essay help, and translations of Shakespeare. Poetry is a compact language that expresses complex feelings. To understand the multiple meanings of a poem, readers must examine its words and phrasing from the perspectives of rhythm, sound, images, obvious meaning, and implied meaning.
Definition of Metaphysical Poetry. You've probably heard of haikus, lyrical poems and limericks. All of those types of poetry have specific qualities that allow us to group them together.