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Chapter 15. Picture This: Description > Music to the Eyes - Pg. 172

Picture This: Description 172 The word poem comes from an ancient Greek word meaning "to make, to compose." The implication is important; poetry is made and the poet is the maker. The word made suggests materials; the word maker suggests effort. There's nothing mysterious about poetry. Like any other kind of writing, it requires a knowledge of the genre, time, effort, and practice. To make sure we're all starting on the same page, poetry is a type of literature in which words are selected for their beauty, sound, and power to express feelings. The poet uses vivid and expressive language to provide a fresh, unexpected way of looking at things. Author! Author! Edgar Allan Poe believed that poetry was "the rhythmical creation of beauty"; to Robert Frost, poetry was "a reaching out toward expression, an effort to find fulfillment." Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote that "Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the best minds, the very image of life expressed in its eternal truth." In "Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now," A.E. Housman (1859­1936) uses a commonplace tree to provide a breathtaking insight into the swift passage of time. What emotions does this poem evoke