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Difference Between Poem and Poetry

Poem vs Poetry

Literary works are created for the purpose of providing people with information, entertainment and inspiration. They have been around for as long as the ancient times.

Most were orally handed down from generation to generation and others were found inscribed on monoliths, runestones and stelae. There are many forms in which these literary pieces are made of. One of these is poetry, the process of creating a poem.

A poem is the arrangement of words that contain meaning and musical elements. It is a piece of writing that expresses the writer’s thought and feelings in order to set a mood; it can be happy or sad, simple or complex. In just a few words, a poem can say a lot. It can inspire and awe and can be a welcome escape into something that is totally wonderful.

A poem can either be rhyming or non-rhyming. It uses symbols and has lines and stanzas that have sentences, fragments of sentences or both. It uses metaphor and alliteration, especially in poems for children.

There are several types of poems including: Sonnets, which are poems about love and is the most popular type of poem and Ode, which is a lyrical poem with three parts; strophe, antistrophe and epode.

A poem can also be epic, narrative, dramatic, or lyrical. An epic poem is one that is centered on mythical or heroic figures, a narrative poem tells a story, dramatic poems are written in verse, and lyrical poems describe the poet’s feelings and thoughts.

Poetry existed long before people became literate. Ancient poems were memorized and passed down from one generation to another orally. Indian Vedas, Zoroaster’s Gathas and Odyssey are examples of ancient poetry.

Poetry is defined as a literary form of art, evoked in language. It can be written on its own or in combination with other arts as in poetic drama, poetic hymns, lyrical poetry and prose poetry.

Poetry is distinguished from other forms of writing by its use of repetition, verse, rhyme and aesthetics. It uses words and speech in rhetoric, drama, song and comedy.

It suggests alternative meanings in its words to bring about an emotional or sensual response. Poetry uses rhythm, alliteration and onomatopoeia, which give it a musical effect. It uses symbolism, metaphor, simile, metonymy, irony and ambiguity to suggest different interpretations.

Poetry has many elements, some of them are: Prosody, the study of the meter, rhythm and intonation of a poem; Rhythm, the timing set by accents, syllables or moras; Meter, a metric system used by poets; Rhyme, alliteration and resonance, which are ways that create a repetitive pattern of sound that can be identical (hard rhyme) or similar (soft rhyme).


1. Poetry is the use of words and language to evoke a writer’s feelings and thoughts, while a poem is the arrangement of these words.
2. Poetry is the process of creating a literary piece using metaphor, symbols and ambiguity, while a poem is the end result of this process.

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  5. So I guess I write a little of both , thanx

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  10. could you give an example poem and poetry

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  13. I like this rejoinder! However, I suggest poetry should be seen as a big umbrella name that covers poems, chants,hymns, prayers, panegyrics, songs and all other genres that has to do with expressions of emotions.

  14. I like this rejoinder! However, I suggest poetry should be seen as a big umbrella name that covers poems, chants,hymns, prayers, panegyrics, songs and all other genres that have to do with expressions of emotions.

  15. Good information needed something easy to explain to grand nieces and nephews ages 5-16 haven’t had much in school. A few are now being home school so I was trying to explain nursery rhymes Thanks

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