My Shadow

My Shadow :

Do you know whenever there is light someone follows you? Have you ever wondered who it is?

I have a little shadow that goes

in and out with me.

And what can be the use of him is

more than I can see.

He is very, very like me from the

heels up to the head;

And I see him jump before me,

When I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way

he likes to grow

Not at all like proper children, which is

always very slow;

For he sometimes shoots up taller like an

India-rubber ball,

And he sometimes gets so little that

There's none of him at all.

One morning, very early, before the

sun I was up,

I rose and found the shining dew

on every buttercup;

But my lazy little shadow, like an

arrant sleepyhead.

Had stayed at home behind me and was

Fast asleep in bed.

Robert Louis Stevenson

The word POETRY originates from a Greek word meaning TO MAKE. A poet is thus a maker and the poem something that is made or created. No single definition of poetry is possible but some characteristic features of poetry may be mentioned. Poetry has a musical quality with rhythm, pitch, metre and it may use figures of speech such as simile and metaphor. While quite a few poems in this selection are in traditional forms, the unit also includes modern poems that are free from formal restrictions.

Here is a list of English Poems written by various authors. Whatever the question is, poetry may be the answer. Writers say poetry provides them with comfort, a way to express themselves and the discipline of finding the essence with few words. Writing the poem (and finding just the right word) is the measure of success that the authors use. Really good poetry is instinctive. It’s who you are. It’s from the heart. You need to expose yourself to all kinds of poets and you may find your motivation and muse that way. Poetry gets to the core meaning. Poetry expands ideas.

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