What is Poetry?

I was filling out a form to apply to be on a poetry database and one of the questions in it was as follows,” How do you define poetry?” It caused me to ponder and peruse my mind to sum up a diverse art form. I wrote a simple answer but some weeks later the question came into my head from out of the blue and I guess I now define it as such:

Poetry is exploring and revealing the intricacies within language for the purpose of entertaining,informing and enlightening people. It can be an expression of one’s thoughts, opinions and beliefs in an obscure or sonically and/or stylistically creative format. It causes poets to delve into their soul or sometimes other peoples’ souls and other sources of inspiration and bring out the poem that was hiding within them/it, figuratively speaking.

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