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Top 30 Fun and Interesting Facts about Poetry and Poets

If you are a fan of poetry such as we are just started to be interested in this form of literature, or you’re just curious and drawn to learn more, here is a list containing some cool, fun and interesting facts about poetry and poets that will intrigue and ignite your interest with no doubt.

Interesting and Fun Facts about Poetry

  • If you’re wondering what is poetry, there’s a really simple explanation. Poetry (verse) is literature that uses sounds and images to express ideas and feelings. It was originally recited (spoken aloud) to an audience, and its rhythms and sounds affect the meaning of the words.
  • Poetry is the best way to vent out your emotions and evoke feelings, regardless what kind they are. Expressing yourself on a piece of paper can make you feel better about yourself, confident, calmer. Poems convey the truest and most honest feelings one can have, that’s why poems are usually private and kept secret.
  • Among the earliest types of poetry is the Epic, a type of poetry which narrates heroic adventures and actions. Usually, epics are long stories.
  • One of the oldest written poems (around 4000 years old, originating from Babylon) is the Epic of Gilgamesh, a story told about the king Gilgamesh who was described as half-god, half-man.
  • The greatest way to improve your vocabulary is by writing poetry. If you’re not satisfied with the words you’re using and want to enrich your vocabulary, writing poetry keeps your mind in shape and inspires you to think, combine and use diverse words. As a result, you’ll sound smarter, more intelligent and of course people will be delighted to socialize with you.
  • The longest poem ever written is the “Mahabharata” an ancient Indian epic poem, which contains 1.8 million words. Remember, these are not just random facts about poetry for kids. All of these facts matter!
  • Even though most of us can’t think of poetry as means of making a profit, the fact that you can make a profit by writing poetry is undeniable. So, if you’re thinking about starting to write poetry as a profession, you probably should, as long there’s an audience for the poems and you advertise yourself properly on the right place, you can make it happen.
  • Did you know there is a World Poetry Day on 21 March, on which Poetry and Poets are appreciated and encouraged to write, thanks to the UNESCO initiative to celebrate this day as a way of giving support and paying respect to poets all around the world.
  • One of the most popular forms of writing short poems is the haiku. This form of writing poems, originating from Japan, has only seventeen syllables and three lines, containing 5, 7 and 5 syllables respectively.
  • Stanza – a group of lines forming the basic recurring metrical unit in a poem. A couplet contains two-line stanzas and a quatrain is a four-line couplet.
  • If you are a rapper or you write lyrics for rappers, poetry can help you improve your rapping, in countless ways. Although the mainstream rap is usually about money, drugs, women and guns, there are many artists that are making effort to uplift their music on a higher level and say goodbye to the cliché, writing poetry can make a huge difference and influence the lyrics.
  • Poetry is a powerful tool, it can spark your imagination and spur emotions, even though it’s quicker for reading than prose, poetry says a lot with just a few words. It captures a feeling, a look, a moment, an eternity.
  • Poems don’t have to rhyme always. Sometimes rhyme doesn’t suit the theme or the feeling of the poem, so many poets write in blank verse – poetry that doesn’t rhyme, but has a particular meter (rhythm). Free verse – a poetry without a meter.
  • George MacDonald (1824-1905) wrote a two-word poem called ‘The Shortest and Sweetest of Songs’. It simply reads: ‘Come Home.’
  • A phobia of poetry exists and it’s called ‘Metrophobia’ – fear of poetry.

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Interesting Facts about Poets

  • The poem ‘I Have a Rendezvous with Death’ by Alan Seeger, was John F. Kennedy’s favorite poem.
  • The word ‘bitch’ was first used in reference to a man in a poem originating around 1500.
  • Rhapsodomancy is an ancient form of divination performed by choosing through some method a specific passage or poem from which to ascertain information.
  • The Greek poet Homer is believed to have written a poem, called Margites about a stupid man, but the poem is yet not found.
  • German poet Gottlob Burmann despised the letter R so much that he avoided using it in his poetry as well as in communication in everyday life.
  • Poet Lizzie Doten claimed that her book – ‘Poems from the inner life’, contains poems that she allegedly received from the ghost of Edgar Alan Po.
  • The longest published poem in American literature is “Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land” written by Herman Melville in 1876.
  • There’s a poem titled ‘Plakkopytrixophylisperambulantiobatrix’, written by G. K. Chesterton.
  • ‘Flyting’ is the term for a poetic slanging-match something like rap battles nowadays, where two poets compete in turns with streams of abusive verse.
  • In the source poem Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is 15, while in Shakespeare’s play she’s 13. Nobody knows why Shakespeare decided to change her age for the play.
  • The epitaph on Emily Dickinson’s grave composed by the poet herself, consist two words: ‘called back’.
  • The three biggest-selling poets in the world are Shakespeare, Lao-Tzu, and Khalil Gibran.
  • E. Cummings dedicated his self-published volume of poetry, to the fourteen publishers who had turned it down and he titled it ‘No Thanks’.
  • Thomas Hardy, best known for his controversial novel ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’, which in that time was so controversial and susceptible to criticism that actually changed Thomas Hardy’s mind to write poems instead of novels.
  • Allen Ginsberg’s most popular poem “Howl,” was so radical for its time that Ginsberg’s publisher was arrested on charges of immorality.