This "romantic" approach views form as a key element of successful poetry because form is abstract and distinct from the underlying notional logic.This approach remained influential into the 20th century.
The underlying concept of the poet as creator is not uncommon, and some modernist poets essentially do not distinguish between the creation of a poem with words, and creative acts in other media.
Yet other modernists challenge the very attempt to define poetry as misguided.
The methods for creating poetic rhythm vary across languages and between poetic traditions.
Languages are often described as having timing set primarily by accents, syllables, or moras, depending on how rhythm is established, though a language can be influenced by multiple approaches. Syllable-timed languages include Latin, Catalan, French, Leonese, Galician and Spanish.
While there was a substantial formalist reaction within the modernist schools to the breakdown of structure, this reaction focused as much on the development of new formal structures and syntheses as on the revival of older forms and structures.
Recently, postmodernism has come to convey more completely prose and poetry as distinct entities, and also among genres of poetry, as having meaning only as cultural artifacts.This does not imply that poetry is illogical or lacks narration, but rather that poetry is an attempt to render the beautiful or sublime without the burden of engaging the logical or narrative thought process.English Romantic poet John Keats termed this escape from logic "Negative Capability".Languages can rely on either pitch, such as in Vedic Sanskrit or Ancient Greek, or tone.Tonal languages include Chinese, Vietnamese and most Subsaharan languages.Early poems evolved from folk songs such as the Chinese Shijing, or from a need to retell oral epics, as with the Sanskrit Vedas, Zoroastrian Gathas, and the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey.