There are both significant differences and similarities between these three types of literature. Drama, or playwriting, and poetry are some of the oldest types of literature known and both have a vital oral component: they are both meant to be heard and not just written. Therefore these forms are much concerned with the actual sound of words, the pace, the rhythm, and so on. Plays have a story/plot that has to be acted out and spoken by actors on stage; dialogue is therefore a central aspect of drama.
Poetry can also sometimes tell a story, in which case it is known as narrative poetry; two important forms of narrative poetry are the epic (common to ancient literature all over the world) and the ballad. More often, however, poetry does not tell a story but rather concentrates on evoking feelings and images. Poetry, of all literary forms is generally the most concerned with how language works in order to achieve a certain effect, and to this end liberally employs such literary devices as
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