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What role will poetry play in the year 2000 -and what exactly is poetry anyway An artistic way of describing thingssounds nice A persons effort to express himself through rhyme or notinteresting rhyming linesnot always Attractive versesclose dont av a clue mate Whilst trying to establish a definition for the word poetry as you can see from the answers to my questionnaire I came across interesting amusing and clever descriptions My own favourite definition sums up my feeling about poetry it is something I read on the back of a poetry book recently poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking Poetry means the something different to almost everyone from the window cleaner who left school at fourteen to the highly educated head of English at Malvern College Poetry is whatever you want to be whatever it means to you personally and whatever it means to the poet I have interviewed over twenty people and what I have established is that everyone has their own definition of poetry However there is a basic difference between poetry and prose It seems to be that poetry can be set out in many different formats and does not necessarily need to make complete sense even though it has a meaning Prose is set out in a ordered way where one sentence is always followed by another sentence it follows the same punctuation rules and a continuous logical pattern The reason I think that everyone defines poetry differently is that we are exposed to so many totally different types of poetry My favourite form of poetry is song lyrics Although not one of the most obvious forms of poetry it is becoming increasingly popular especially with young people who are exposed to it regularly For example every time you buy a CD album or tape you can read the lyrics of the songs printed inside A favourite of
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