What is a definition of the philosophy of poetry?

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As philosophy itself studies the relationship between knowledge, our existence and place in the world and the concept of reality, then the philosophy of poetry must express the views and theories of the poet as they relate to his own understanding and views and certainly his interpretation of himself and his surroundings.

Poetry is an art form and as such uses various techniques in order to communicate its meaning. The mystery of poetry is all down to its interpretation - hence, the need to theorize. Rather than expressing ideas or emotions in the narrative form, poetry attempts to use visual images captured in the imagination and couple them with other sensory images to allow the reader to draw conclusions based on his or her own philosophical viewpoint.

The philosophy of poetry creates different styles or techniques which can become influential  - classical, romantic, modern- and into which poetry can be catergorized.  This allows for poetry to become a recognized communicative tool; interpretation reliant on the era, subjectivity and  belief systems of the reader. The language used is not the means of communication but rather it is the intention and representation that introduces and exposes the philosophy of poetry to a wider audience who are free to analyse it without strict guidelines but within conformed structures.  Charles Tomlinson in The Art of Poetry , a seemingly obsure poem discusses the real meaning of poetry

A poet gains an insight by writing a poem; the reader gains insight by reading the poem. The poem is not static..