Poetry : Definition, Nepali Literature, Examples | Offline Thinker


Poetry is a very strong combination of emotion, wisdom, imagination, ideas which create magic.

It is a beautiful symphony of words that gives immense pleasure both to the poet and the audience. It lifts the veil from society and informs us about the beauty of the world we are living in. Even the things which are familiar to us become different when we view them through the world of poetry.

A person who can understand poem well has the ability to understand life. Poetry has its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity. It is a beautiful way of expressing yourself.

Many people have defined it as the rhythmical creation of beauty. It can proclaim a great message in just a few words. It broadens the horizon of knowledge. It teaches society to be more human and explore the unlimited. Poetry has the sole power of bringing revolution and consciousness to the people.

It helps to get rid of the mixed feeling and clarifies things. It fills our soul and mind with bliss. We start to understand life and its worth through poems. Clarisa Pinkola has beautifully stated that “There’s a reason poets often say, ‘Poetry saved my life,’ for often the blank page is the only one listening to the soul’s suffering, the only one registering the story completely, the only one receiving all softly and without condemnation.”

It is also a medium to reflect our history and shows the progress of human civilization. It is a work that inspires tears, solace, joy, rebellion, lust, laughter, and death.


Major elements of poetry:

A poem uses syntax, rhyme, meter, etc to make words alive.

1.  Rhyme:

The poem is well known for its rhythmic sense but the poems which are written in free verse don’t rhyme.

Rhyme can be known as the correspondence in the sound of words mostly at the end of a line. Rhyme at the end of the line is called end rhyme and rhyme within a line in the poetry is known as the internal rhyme.


2.  Meter:

It is a basic component of poetry and is known as the rhythmic structure of the poem. It follows a regular pattern. It consists of syllables which are stressed and unstressed syllables.

The combination of these kinds of syllables is known as feet. If we look at the patterns of poems from the old times then the Iambic meter is far by the most used kind of pattern. It is a foot of two syllables with an accent. It is comprised of monometer, bi meter, tri-meter, and the list goes on.


3.  Form:

Forms are basically the structure of the poem and how it will look on a certain page. It can sometimes hint at the meaning of the poem as well.

A form helps the readers understand whether the poem has a convention or an unconventional approach.  Poems have many forms but the most common form is Sonnet which is composed of fourteen lines.

The sonnet form was used by many popular writers all around the globe.


4.  Poetic Syntax:

Syntax refers to the structure of the word. Poetic syntax has enjambment which is known as a continuation of a line where another line begins when one of it ends.

Another poetic syntax is known as caesura which is a pause sometimes because of the use of punctuation or the end of the line.


5.  Sound:

Sound can be explained as the musical quality in a poem which also helps in creating rhythmic sense.

It is basically created by the proper use of rhythm, enjambment, caesura, tone, etc. Alliterations which is the repetition of the initial consonant sound are used to create a sound. It is also related to the rise and fall of a tone of voice.


Tips to become a great poet:

1.  Learning helps a lot. A person can become a great poet if they read and analyze the works of famous poets all around the world because it gives an idea as well as helps in improving your way of writing.

2.  Discover your own poetic form: A writer is well known for experimenting. So, you should keep on trying out new forms and styles and explore which form of writing is the best for you and can help to excel.

3.  Carry a diary or takes notes on your smartphone: It might seem amusing but you can never know which moment can intrigue and inspire you to write any kind of poetic work due to which you should always be prepared so you can jot down some random ideas whenever you get the chance to and re-assemble them in a form of proper work.

4.   Be a smart writer: Using simplified and smart language is the trend of the modern-day world. So, if you can use short but intriguing lines then it can help to reach out to a mass audience and provide you with varied platforms.

5.   Edit: Editing is a hard job but is work that needs to be compulsorily done. Editing needs to be done a number of times to achieve a perfect set of writing. It can also help you to explore your mistakes and plus points.

6.  There is no hard and fast rule:  Whatever sails your boat, do it. There is no fixed book of rules for a person to follow for poetry. You can be the next trendsetter in the matter of poetry.

Do not hold yourself back and simply let the words slip out through your fingertips onto the paper.


List of some of the great poems:



In the English literature:

Some of the most beautiful poems are:

1.  Stopping by woods on a snowy evening: Robert Frost

2.  We Real Cool: Gwendolyn Brooks

3.  Kubla Khan: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

4.  If: Rudyard Kipling

5.  Sonnet 18: William Shakespeare

6.  The Second Coming: W.B. Yeats

7.  Rape Joke: Patricia Lockwood

8.   The Tyger: William Blake

9.  On His Blindness: John Milton

10. Daffodils: William Wordsworth

These are just a few great poems. They are numerous of them out there which are really beautiful.


In the Nepalese literature:

1.  Lunatic: Mahakabi Laxmi Prasad Devkota

2.  Satya sandesh — lekhnath poudel

3.  Ma pani deuta manxu jogi — Balkrishna sam

4.  Ghansi: Bhanu Bhakta Acharya

5.  Gauri : Madhav Prasad Ghimire

6.  Shahid haru ko Samjhanama: Bhupi Sherchan

7.  Ghumne Mech Mathi Andho Manxe : Bhupi Sherchan

8.  Ichha : Balkrishna Sama

9.  Paap Lagxa : Mahakabi Laxmi Prasad Devkota

10. Prashnottar Mala: Bhanu Bhakta Acharya


According to Jorge Luis Borges “Poetry is not the books in the library. Poetry is the encounter of the reader with the book, the discovery of the book.”



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Sneha Jha is affiliated with blogging sites like Offline thinker as the art of writing intrigues her. She believes that words have power and public speaking is challenging which is the reason why she is also a public speaker. She loves spelling out her thoughts and interacting with others. She is one of the people who loves challenging herself with new opportunities and ventures and learning a lot through it. She has converted her passion into a profession due to which she loves every second of her work. She is an easy-going person and the simplest of things can make her happy.


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