About Poetry

What is a poem?

The definition of a poem is a piece of writing in which the words are chosen for their beauty and sound and are carefully arranged, often in short lines which rhyme.

A logophile is a lover of words, and a person who loves words and language. A word nerd if you will. As opposed to logophobia, who has an irrational fear of words.

There are many styles of poem, including:

Sonnet – fourteen line arrangement

Haiku – traditional Japanese poetry

Acrostic – mixes letters and phrases

Free verse – no set meter

Epic – from oral traditions

Rhymed – creates specific rhyme patterns

Descriptive – uses descriptive language to express a message

Narrative – tells a story