A poet is a person who is usually more sensitive than most to the sights, sounds and sensation of the world around him; to the behaviour of people, their follies, sufferings, their nobility, to the thought that humans ask about themselves and their world. The poet has some experience which he wants to express in words. For instance:
John Keats thinking about the beauty of the bird’s song wrote “Ode to a Nightingale”.
John Milton wanted to write a long philosophical poem about man’s loss of innocence, he wrote “Paradise Lost”.
NB: My own poetry is serious and philosophical, but I might sometimes venture into humorous and funny poem under the theme “Love”.
A poet uses English words with greater awareness, greater sensitivity and with greater and conscious artistry Poets distill the greatest meaning and imaginative poser from their words through rhetorical devices such as imagery and metaphor. Free verse is a far-ranging type of poetry, without rhymes and regular rhythms, growing out of content and the natural rhythms of spoken language.
English poet: Wordsworth
American poet: Walt Whitman
Epic poet: Homer and Milton
What are the tools of a poet?
- Devices of Comparison: Simile, Metaphor and Personification.
- Devices of Sound: (Rimes / Rhythms) Alliteration, Assonance and Onomatopoeia.
- Devices of Grammar: Question, Address, Repetition, Inversion and Ellipsis.