The Wonderful World of Poetry
A way of writing, a way of expression, a style in which words come about on a paper in such a way that they create a visual image or flow of feelings. Poetry is rhythm without a beat, music without a note, emotion in every sense shape and form. For some it is either a way of expressing ones feelings or to tell a story but no matter how it is written or what is being said it is what it is because the writer makes it so.
Poetry is like art, some see beyond what’s really shown, what’s behind the surface of being told. They see the inner meaning and sometimes take the outer meaning as a silhouette or shell of what the real point is that’s trying to be made. One does not need to be creative or imaginative but there needs to be a sense of emotion and sense of drive to write but it is because of all these things that truly make poetry a whole. Own feelings and experiences make up for more then half of all poems, that’s an estimate but needs to not be proven because of the simple fact that it is irrelevant as to whether or not the writer truly put something of their own into it because if the words speak to the reader then it does not matter if the poet lived it or not.
Poetry is inspiration, interpretation and representation. One can feel inspired and write about what they see, however, like mentioned prior to what the poet writes about and what the reader takes can be two completely different ideas, and neither are wrong because the poem in itself is being represented. Poetry has stood the test of time because there will always be people who have something to say and there will always be people who are willing to read and listen. Whether it be seven syllables in a three sentence structure, a fourteen line sonnet or non rhyme free verse there are so many different ways in which poetry can be written.
Poetry doesn’t seem as popular as it once was in the sense as it’s not out there in your face. Back in the days of Shakespeare; poets were well known and loved by many and poetry was almost a way of life ,a culture if you will. It was an era in which people relied and yearned for it, it wasn’t just about expression but something to be looked forward to and appreciated in every way. It was a movement and generated many followers and inspired many poets alike to come together and just express themselves.
These were the days when the minute the ink feathered pens hit the paper something truly remarkable was going to be written to be enjoyed by so many people. After Shakespeare there was still famous poets coming about and writing. Keats, Longfellow, Frost, Lord Byron, Emily Dickinson just to name a few. These poets all stand the test of time because of what they felt and what they wrote but now it somehow seems as though we have lost touch with that.
Today it’s like poetry has become an underground society or if it is there it’s shy and not as popular and renowned as it once was. It’s not that poetry isn’t being written cause it is but it just seems like there aren’t anymore famous or popular poets like back in the day making it so well respected. It’s like its become a small group of only certain people who know its there and truly appreciate it. I once said “If poetry is dead then I wish to bring it back” I said this because I felt as though a part of poetry has died and it needs someone to come out and make it alive again.
It could be taken many ways or be as simple as this, poetry like many things has always been here but just doesn’t have the drive that it once did. However, I don't believe it will become extinct, not by any means. I just think it needs a little push, a spark to ignite it and get it going again. Overall though one thing should be taken about the last statement, poetry will never die as long as there are writers who pour their hearts out to write it and as long as there is an audience.