What is Poetry?

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Below is one of the poems of Dada Muktatmananda selected from his facebook page Mukta Atma Ananda . It has been born on October 6 2016 at 8.54 pm – most probably. It is short and without a title , like coming from an unknown intergalactic source of inspiration. Without intention – I like it!

There in the quiet of a golden chosen place
or under the darkness of stars maze
seal your senses;
And oblivious be to all the fences
surrounding the spinning world
of limited thinking;
Push then gently your soul towards that
delta where the Yoga ends.

Dada Muktatmananda is constantly engaged in serving food to the most needy people of Los Angeles. He personally collect the food from the Food Bank and coordinate a group of AMURT and AMURTEL volunteers for its distribution. He is encouraging to start similar projects in other towns or cities. Ananda Marga has already similar feeding programs in Denver, Washington DC, Toronto, Monterrey, Kansas City besides Los Angeles.

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(from https://poetry.wordpress.com )

Meaning of the word Poetry:

Poetry is a word of Greek origin. It comes from a verb with means “to make, to create”. A poem is “something made or created”. The poet is the creator and language is the material out of which s/he creates his/her work of art.

Origins:

The precise origins of poetry are unknown. It is a very ancient art which was born as an oral form and accompanied by simple music and dance. it expressed what people regarded as meaningful and memorable in their lives: natural disaster, births and deaths, brave actions, dangerous enemies, battles, etc.
It was often part of religious rites. Poets and listeners enjoyed playing with words, choosing and arranging them to produce music and meaning.

What a poem is:

Today poems exist in printed form, but the careful choice and arrangement of words still account for the unique quality of poetry.

Like other literary works poetry is made up of words. But what is special about poetry? How is reading poetry different from reading prose? A good start to answering the question is to consider what poetry is concerned with: poems.
A poem is a self-contained text, which makes sense as it stands. It differs from prose most obviously because it is written in lines whose length is decided by the author, not the printer.

How the poem looks on the page, its visual lay-out, is as important as itssound quality. A poem makes intense use of language, which results in a fare greater concentration of meaning than is commonly found in prose.

Guidelines for reading Poetry:

In approaching a poem, you can ask the text some simple questions which should help you to understand it:

What is the poem about?

Who is the voice speaking in the poem?

– To whom is the poem addressed?

– How is the poem written?

– Why has the poem been written?

Then… just enjoy it🙂