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What is Poetry?

“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings; it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” – William Wordsworth

Poetry is a type of writing in which words are carefully arranged to create rhythm. In many ways, a poem is just like a song. It is a creative form of expression, where the language and the tone add colors to the words and make it interesting to read, recite and hear. Some well-known Indian poets are Rabindranath Tagore, Sarojini Naidu, Mira Bai and Kabir Das among others.

Nursery rhymes are also a form of simple poems. The rhythms are so exciting that children love to dance and move while singing those rhymes. Some poems are fun to act out also. Have you heard of this one?

The itsy-bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout.

Down came the rain

and washed the spider out.

Out came the sun

and dried up all the rain

and the itsy-bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

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