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Poetry is one of the most powerful ways to convey an idea or opinion Through vivid imagery and compelling metaphors as well as other literary devices a poem gives the reader the exact feeling the author wanted Poetry is as universal as language and almost as ancient thus causing poetry to have several different definitions According to Perrines Sound and Sense poetry may be commonly defined as a kind of language that says more and says it more intensely than does ordinary language But according to Webster poetry is defined as writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning sound and rhythm However the poet Ralph Waldo Emerson created the best definition of poetry that fits the poems I have read and my view of poetry Emerson defines poetry as It is not meters but a meter-making argument that makes a poem---a thought so passionate and alive that like the spirit of a plant or animal it has an architecture of its own and adorns nature with a new thing Rather then defining poetry readers of poetry are more successful at understanding and appreciating it Therefore a reader of poetry does not have to define it in order to understand and enjoy reading it The poem Dulce et Decorum Est an descriptive anti-war poem by Wilfred Owen makes great use of the various literary resources and devices This poem is very effective because of its excellent manipulation of the mechanical and emotional parts of poetry Owens use of exact diction and vivid figurative language emphasizes his point showing that war is terrible and devastating Tone and voice implicitly but passionately express the burning tensions of desperation suffering and powerlessness And floundring like a man in fire or lime--- 8 white eyes writhing in his face 8 and guttering choking drowning 8 are some of the images which perfectly support his verbal
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