Project 3- Ways of saying and seeing.

Poetry (from the Greek poiesis — ποίησις — meaning a “making”) is a form of literary art which uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic meaning. Not only a way of saying but also of seeing. (Wikipedia) Poetry is a crystallisation of language; it magnifies a moment, a feeling, an image or an experience to give it precision and impact. If prose flows on the page, poetry lifts off the page. “The poem, with its roots in ritual, brings speech and vision together in such a way that the person experiencing it might be transported to an alternative awareness.” (Morley & Nielsen, 2012, p.67) There’s a common perception that poetry is ‘difficult’ – and some of it is. Many people who read novels and short fiction avidly haven’t read a poem since they were at school. When did you last spot someone reading poetry on the bus or train? But there is more overlap between poetry and prose than you might realise. Stories aren’t exclusive to prose – many a poem tells a story – and poetic writing isn’t exclusive to poetry. Poetry is the foundation of good prose, a form of expression – a way of saying and seeing. “Poetry is not made to be sucked up like a child’s milkshake, it is much better sipped like a precious malt whisky.” (Fry, 2007, p.xxii)

(Taken from -Page 81 Creative Arts Course Contents- July 2016)

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