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Today is National Poetry Day: a day to celebrate, read, share, write and discover poetry. This popular genre of literature uses rhythmic qualities of language — like meter, alliteration and rhyme — to evoke feeling and meaning.

There are many different forms and genres of poetry, including the sonnet form (a favorite of Shakespeare's), epic poetry (think Homer's Odyssey) and spoken word — the performance art of poetry read aloud.

To take part in National Poetry Day, brush up on your poetry terms, the basic elements of poetry, and renowned poets along with their most famous works — and try your hand at writing your own poem!