The One Furrow

The One Furrow :

When I was young, I went to school

With pencil and foot rule

Sponge and slate,

And sat on a tall stool

At learning’s gate.

When I was older, the gate swung wide;

Clever and keen-eyed

In I pressed,

But found in the mind’s pride

No peace, no rest.

Then who was it taught me back to go

To cattle and barrow,

Field and plough:

To keep to the one furrow,

As I do now?


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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