Poetry is a form of literature that uses aesthetic and often rhythmic qualities of language − such as phonaesthetics, sound symbolism, and metre − to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, a prosaic ostensible meaning. A poem is a literary composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts. literary work in metrical form; verse.

Poetry has a long and varied history, evolving differentially across the globe. It dates back at least to prehistoric times with hunting poetry in Africa and to panegyric and elegiac court poetry of the empires of the Nile, Niger, and Volta River valleys.

There are many different types of poetry, including:

Poetry can be used to express a wide range of emotions, thoughts, and ideas. It can be used to tell stories, to explore philosophical ideas, or to simply create beauty.

Here are some of the benefits of poetry:

If you are interested in learning more about poetry, there are many resources available to you. You can read books and articles on poetry, take poetry courses, or attend poetry readings. You can also find poetry discussion groups and online forums.