Poetic literature before
Poetry Before Antiquity, there was a time that is often referred to as prehistory or the prehistoric period. In this period, there was no recorded literature as we know it today. Instead, there were oral traditions, myths, legends and stories that were passed down from generation to generation but were not written down. The oldest known oral traditions date back to the time before the development of writing.
Antiquity itself was the period in which the first known written works were created. In Greek literature, many of the oldest known works come from poets such as Homer (known for the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey"), Hesiod (wrote about the birth of the gods and the universe in "Theogony") and lyric poets such as Sappho and Pindar. In Roman literature, authors such as Virgil ("Aeneid"), Ovid ("Metamorphoses") and Horace (known for his odes and satires) are prominent.
Poetry Before the Middle Ages, there is the period of late antiquity, which is considered a transitional period between antiquity and the Middle Ages. Late antique literature includes works by authors such as Augustine of Hippo ("Confessions") and Boethius ("Consolation of Philosophy").
Poetry Before the Baroque, Renaissance and Modern eras, there were different literary periods, each with its own characteristics and well-known works. In each of these eras, there were important authors and works that shaped the literary landscape. However, before antiquity, there was a time without documented written literature, only oral traditions.
Other examples of poetry, told before today
William Shakespeare was a well-known poet of the 16th century. His sonnets, such as "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?", are timeless classics.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, a German poet of the 18th and 19th centuries, wrote famous works such as "Erlkönig" and "Faust".
Emily Dickinson was an American poet of the 19th century, known for poems such as "Because I could not stop for Death".
John Keats, an English poet of the 19th century, wrote poems such as "Ode to a Nightingale" and "To Autumn".
Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet, is known for his mystical poems, which are often about love, spirituality and the universe.
Ovid, a Roman poet of antiquity, wrote works such as "Metamorphoses" and "The Art of Love".