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A little green frog lived under a log,

And every time he spoke,

Instead of saying, “Good morning,"

He only said, “Croak-croak."

A duck lived by the waterside,

And little did he lack,

But when we asked, “How do you do?"

He only said, “Quack-quack."

A little pig lived in a sty,

As fat as he could be,

And when he asked for dinner

He cried aloud, “Wee-wee."

Three pups lived in a kennel,

And loved to make a row,

And when they meant, “May we go out?"

They said, “Bow-wow! Bow-wow!"

If all these animals talked as much

As little girls and boys,

And all of them tried to speak at once,

Wouldn’t it make a noise?

L.E. Yates

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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