The Man in an Onion Bed

The Man in an Onion Bed :

I met a man in an onion bed.

He was crying so hard his eyes were red.

And the tears rolled off the end of his nose

As he ate his way down the onion rows.

He ate and he cried, but for all his tears

He sang, “Sweet onions, oh my dears!

I love you, I do and you love me,

But you make me as sad as a man can be."

John Ciard

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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