What is poetry? Who knows?
Not a rose, but the scent of a rose;
Not the sky, but the light of the sky;
Not the fly, but the gleam of the fly;
Not the sea, but the sound of the sea;
Not myself, but what makes me;
See, hear, and feel something that prose
Cannot: and what is, who knows?
Eleanor Farjeon is a British writer who is probably best known for her poetry. She wrote this 'definition' of poetry which always makes for a good poetry lesson and /or discussion with a class. She also wrote the hymn 'Morning Has Broken' which was made famous by Cat Stevens as well as a myriad of children's poems such as the well-known 'Cats Sleep Anywhere'. This one even has a picture book of its own illustrated by Anne Mortimer and numerous websites with classroom activities.