Poetry (Bookshelf)

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Poetry (from the Greek ποίησις, poiesis, "making" or "creating") is a form of art in which language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its ostensible meaning.

Poetry has a long history. Early attempts to define it, such as Aristotle's Poetics, focused on the uses of speech in rhetoric, drama, song and comedy. Later attempts focused on features such as repetition and rhyme, and emphasised the aesthetics which distinguish poetry from prose. From the mid-20th century, poetry has sometimes been more loosely defined as a fundamental creative act using language.

—Excerpted from Poetry on Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia.


See also Children's Verse (Bookshelf).


See FR Poésie (Genre).




Below follow the works of notable English and Scottish Romantic poets. The list is not comprehensive, but it does contain some of this editor's favorite poems, such as Shelley's "Mont Blanc," Keats's "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer," and Byron's "Darkness."


The First World War Poets

The Imagist Poets

  • Lawrence, D. H. (David Herbert) (1885-1930)

The Metaphysical Poets


Middle English

Old English

  • Beowulf BookIcon.png Edited by James A. Harrison, 1848-1911.
  • Beowulf BookIcon.png Translated by Francis Barton Gummere.
  • The Tale of Beowulf BookIcon.png Translated by William Morris and Alfred John Wyatt.
  • Beowulf BookIcon.png Translated by Lesslie Hall.

Translations of Latin Verse

  • Virgil
    • The Aeneid BookIcon.png Translated into English by John Dryden.

Translations of Greek Verse

  • Homer
    • The Illiad BookIcon.png Translated into English by William Cowper.
    • The Odyssey BookIcon.png Translated into English by William Cowper.

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