Thursday, August 12, 2010

 

Poetry Dates Back to 4000 BC

By William Williford

Poetry dates back to 4000 B.C. and started out as simply a form of song and recital with being orally spoken. Poetry started out as a way to preserve history, folklore, stories, genealogy, and law through various scenarios such as recordings. Poetry appears among the earliest records of most literate cultures.

The oldest surviving poem is the Epic of Gilgamesh, which was written on clay tablets from the Mesopotamia period. Most believe that the poems represent legends of the Sumer, which is the earliest known civilization in the world; the poems also consisted of their mythological king Gilgamesh.

En-hedu-ana (Enheduana) is the earliest known poet. She was a princess from the Akkadian period 2285 B.C. - 2250 B.C. she also was known as a high priestess of the Moon God Nanna in UR. Her collection of religious works is untitled and is referred to as Hymns To Inanna.

In ancient history the development of Poetics was formed. (Poetics) is the study of the Aesthetics of poetry which evolved to separate poetry by Form and to distinguish good poetry from bad. Aristotle's Poetics separated the art form into three classifications being Epic, Comic, and Tragic also set up a law of rules to separate the highest quality from each class. Then later came along a new breed of thinkers that changed the classifications to Epic, Lyric, and Dramatic and developed two sub-classifications under Dramatic Poetry being Tragedy and Comedy.

Poets of today usually write poetry in the modern form of Prose Poem and Free Verse. Prose poetry adds raised emotion and imagery the prose form was used quite often by the French from the 19th into the 20th century. Free verse poetry breaks all the rules of rhyme, meter or any other musical style staying away from any type of rhythm or rhyme in most poems.

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