Saturday, 30 April 2011

About the Epic of Gilgamesh Poem
The oldest extant Poem, Very interesting

Anonymous; story was crafted and reworked by various Mesopotamian cultures including the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, and Assyrians; original story likely dates back to around the time of King Gilgamesh of Uruk (c. 2,700 BC); 1,600 BC recension by Babylonian priest-exorcist, Sîn-leqi-unninni

Mesopotamian epic poem was originally written down by the Sumerians around 2,000 BC
Language & Form 
Epic poem. Original in the Sumerian language, written down with cuneiform characters on clay tablets found at Nippúr in Mesopotamia and dating back to around 2,000 BC; Synthetic Standard Version based on the 12-tablet Akkadian version of the poem found in the 25,000-tablet library of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal (668-627 BC) at Niniveh. Recommended English translation: Nancy K. Sandars.

Upside Down...

People tell me to smile but still, I rather frown.
Because most don’t realize,
I’m smiling upside down.

 Types of poetry...
A poem that has five lines that create a mood, picture, or feeling. Lines 1 through 4 are made up of words, phrases or clauses while the first word of each line is in alphabetical order. Line 5 is one sentence long and begins with any letter.
Poetry that certain letters, usually the first in each line form a word or message when read in a sequence.
A poem that tells a story similar to a folk tail or legend which often has a repeated refrain. 
Poetry which has three stanzas of seven, eight or ten lines and a shorter final stanza of four or five. All stanzas end with the same one line refrain.
Blank verse
A poem written in unrhymed iambic pentameter and is often unobtrusive. The iambic pentameter form often resembles the rhythms of speech.
A poem written about one self's life, personality traits, and ambitions.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Interesting facts about Poetry.

The Epic of Gilgamesh, written thousands of years ago in Mesopotamia, is the oldest extant poem.

Poetry nearly always has a rhythm

Originating in Japan, the haiku is one of the shortest forms of poetic writing, a haiku poem is only seventeen syllables, normally broken down into three lines of five, seven, and five syllables.

The longest epic poems ever written were the Mahabharata and the Tibetan Epic of king Gesar