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7 Interesting Facts about Poems and Poetry

“There is something about poetry beyond prose logic, there is mystery in it, not to be explained but admired.” ~~ Edward Young

As someone who is passionate about poetry and truly believes in the saying that “Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing”, you would certainly be keen to know some interesting things about poetry and poems. Here we compile such 7 super interesting facts. Read on and enjoy….

#1: The haiku is one of the popular forms of shortest poetic writing. It originated in Japan. The interesting thing about haiku is that it has only seventeen syllables – with three lines of five, seven, and five syllables, respectively. The 1st and 3rd lines must have five syllables, and the second line must have seven syllables.

#2: Mahabharata, an Indian epic poem, is the world’s longest poem with around 1.8 million words.

 

#3: Charles Ghigna poem called ‘I’ is one of the shortest poems in the world.

#4: World Poetry Day is celebrated on March 21st each year to appreciate and support poets and poetry around the world. It is an initiative of of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

#5: The earliest type of poem was The epic. An epic presents a long narrative (story) of amazing heroic deeds.

#6: Epic of Gilgamesh from Babylon is the oldest written poem. It is said to be around 4,000 years old and it tells the story of a king, Gilgamesh, who was half-man, half-god.

#7: A stanza, traditionally contains 12 lines. A two-line stanza is called a couplet, and a four-line couplet is a quatrain.