Sentimental poetry

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Sentimental poetry is a melodramatic poetic form. It is aimed primarily at stimulating the emotions rather than at communicating experience truthfully. Bereavement is a common theme of sentimental poetry.

Friedrich Schiller discussed sentimental poetry in his influential essay, On Naïve and Sentimental Poetry.

Sentimental poetry was parodied by Mark Twain in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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