Poetry is a form of verbal expression in which the beauty of the words, rhythm, and rhyme are important as well as the content of the expression. Poetry began in prehistoric times and continued through historic times into the present. Poetry was an aid to remembering oral history but was continued even after the invention of writing because of its beauty. Early poetry was used in religious worship and for recording history. The Sumerian saga of Gilgamesh was the oldest poetic saga that can still be read today. The ancient Greeks and Romans wrote muich of their literature in poetic form. Today documents are usually written in prose, and poetry is appreciated mainly as an artistic expression.
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