Currently, in the Mahoney Library, poetry books are in the Literature section according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system. American poetry is found under 811.
Literary work in which the expression of feelings and ideas is given intensity by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature.
writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm
FORM: Form refers to how the lines are organized -- lines may be short or long, lines may be organized into rhyming couples, four-line stanzas, or flow freely. Some styles of poetry have very specific forms, such as haikus, quatrains, or limericks.
SOUND: Many poets use the sound of words in their poems, and may use devices such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, or rhyme.
RHYTHM: Rhythm refers to the timing and pace of a poem. Some styles of poetry, like sonnets and haikus, have very specific rhythmic patterns, or meters, but other in other styles, poets create their own rhythm.