The elements of a poem | Reading | Khan Academy


- [Instructor] Hello, readers. Let's talk about poems.

Poetry is a special kind of writing. If ordinary writing is like talking,

then poetry is like singing. Poetry is a way of making art with language.

Poems can express huge ideas or feelings. They can be about the sound or rhythm of language,

or they can be goofy, little jokes. It's like any other kind of writing.

Poems can be about everything or they can be about nothing at all.

They can be funny, or sad, or sweet. They can rhyme.

They can very much not rhyme. And all of that is, in my opinion, absolutely wonderful.

I think of some poems as condensed ideas that contain a lot of ideas in small amounts of text.

So every word matters a lot. There's a little light bulbs representing ideas.