Poetry is a type of literature that typically contains rich imagery and figurative language, which are meant to elicit powerful emotions. The written work is called a poem. Poems usually have rhyme and rhythm, though these literary devices are not required. Common types of poems include the ballad, free verse, and sonnet. Writers of poetry, called poets, include William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and Robert Frost.
Poetry dates back several thousand years. It was used to remember history, stories, genealogy, and law. The first poems were read aloud or sung. Over time, poetry took on structured forms. However, much poetry from the late twentieth century to today has abandoned such forms.
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