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Alas, Poor Jodah! I Knew Him, ... (a poem about the death of poetry, or is it?)

Updated on February 29, 2016
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

Young Man with a Skull, c.1626 Oil on canvas
Young Man with a Skull, c.1626 Oil on canvas | Source

A Poem about Poets

by John Hansen © 2016


Give me rhyme with reason,

A message to convey.

Poetry flows from the heart

With words that dance and play.

♠ ♣ ♦ ♥ ♥ ♦ ♣ ♠

A poet's life is lonely,

We are rarely understood.

The words we bleed onto the page

Are for the greater good.

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Please take some time to read this verse

With open eyes and mind.,

if you look between the lines

Rich treasures you may find.

♠ ♣ ♦ ♥ ♥ ♦ ♣ ♠

Theodore Geisel (Dr Seuss)l in 1957, holding The Cat in the Hat,
Theodore Geisel (Dr Seuss)l in 1957, holding The Cat in the Hat, | Source
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Some poets pen their abstract thoughts

In unique and free-verse style,

Others write like Dr Seuss

With repeated rhyming guile.

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Most have their favourite authors,

Novelists and scribes,

But ask one's favourite poet

And you'll oft' be met with jibes.

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Perhaps you'll get a name or two,

Like Wordsworth, Keats, or Frost,

But if they're asked to name a poem

Most people will look lost.

♠ ♣ ♦ ♥ ♥ ♦ ♣ ♠

Is poetry a dying art,

My friends what do you say?

Was it for bards from times long gone,

Or does it live today?

♠ ♣ ♦ ♥ ♥ ♦ ♣ ♠

Maya Angelou reciting her poem, "On the Pulse of Morning", at President Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993
Maya Angelou reciting her poem, "On the Pulse of Morning", at President Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993 | Source

I wandered lonely as a cloud,

Pulled from a life some leaves.

I am shut out of mine own heart,

A dream within a dream.

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Upon the road of my life

A woman waits for me.

Beyond the brittle towns asleep,

'Tis opposites - entice.

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At the melting of the snow,

I know why the caged bird sings.

March days return with their covert light

To welcome Holy Spring.

Familiar Words

If any of the words or lines in the last three stanzas above seem familiar, well, they probably are. Each line is the name of a poem by a famous poet. I collected a few and threw them together as best I could.

OK, maybe you recognised a few, if so well done, but do you know which poets wrote what lines? Try the quiz below.

Who Wrote the Following Lines?


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How do you see the future of poetry?

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the Poet's Tree by Shel Silverstein
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© 2016 John Hansen

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      annasmom 13 months ago

      Nice write!!! I think poetry will always be with us in some form. Although I tend to write in an unschooled, free-verse style...I do appreciate Wordsworth. I even wrote a paper on him when I was in college...lol..a while ago. Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop and Ann Sexton...can be read and reread, and give new insight every time. Thanks for the interesting poem Jodah! A nice start to my Monday.

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      Kshitiz Gaur 13 months ago from India

      Amazing Jodah and you have expressed the problems, struggles, emotions e.t.c that all the poets here and almost everywhere are facing. Long live poetry and poets.

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      Paula 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Jodah......I can appreciate some poetry & there have been poems that are very inspirational. For the longest time, I never even read Poetry and I'm really not sure why that was.

      It seems to me that poems are each a unique creation written from the heart, soul & perspective of their Author. When I read a poem, I sometimes wonder if I'm in tune with the message from the Poet.

      As long as there are such talented writers as you, there will always be wonderful poems that touch our hearts........Paula

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I am glad you enjoyed this hub annasmom. Although if you would believe a lot of comments in the forums here and elsewhere on the Internet you would think poetry is a dying art, I am experiencing a great demand for my services to write poetry for presentations, children's books, advertising etc. In fact I would say its popularity seems to be increasing. You mention some very worthy poets there. Thanks for reading.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Abhimanyu gaur, I appreciate your generous comment. Yes, all poets need to support and encourage each other to face these things.

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      Devika Primić 13 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Jodah this is one of your best works so appreciate it. The photos are lovely and poetry is here to stay. A great way to express one's feelings.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Paul, it is always great to see a comment by you on one of my hubs. I don't expect everyone to love poetry, just respect its place. I think some people have not read enough different types of poetry or the work of enough different poets to really determine whether they like it or not. I admit to not liking all poetry myself, but I will continue to fly the flag for those who wish to express their views, feelings and ideas through verse. Thank you for your compliment.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for your kind words Devika. You don't know how much that comment means to me. Glad you like the photos and also appreciate poetry. Have a great week.

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent piece. Sometimes I read a poem that I like, and I am sure that I get a different meaning than was intended. Then I reread and get a different meaning. I think I like that about poetry.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes Eric, that is one advantage of poetry. There are often hidden meanings woven in the words that can mean different things to different people. Glad you liked this hub.

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      Missy Smith 13 months ago from Florida

      Awesome poetry here, John. I really loved it. I made a 100 on that quiz, but I will admit that I struggled on number two and three; I mean I sat for a while staring at that screen pondering, because I did not really know. Wasn't it Stephen Crane and Robert Frost you put together? Well, that also sounded like something of Frost's, I was a bit in a daze on that one; I had to think hard on that one. lol. I took some wild guesses that paid off. Whew!

      It is sad, but poetry is a dying art form, but should be incorporated in everything we learn in literature. It is the only form of writing, that can delve into deep felt emotions by the writer. It's more than writing about a character, which I do believe authors in a way become the characters they write about, not putting that down at all; it's lovely as well. However, poetry is bravery. It's being naked in front of a crowd really. I love it! That's all I'm saying. I certainly wish it would make a comeback, and I will keep trying.

      I have noticed that a few of us are trying to put more into our hubs than just the poem part and a paragraph explanation, but I must say; I like the simplicity of just writing the poem and explaining a little of where the inspiration for it came. I like the poem to be the center of the hub. Don't get me wrong, I like trying different things, and stirring the pot a little. It's important to do that as well on occasion, but poetry, well, poetry, is what I could write all day and never tire of. :)

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      Tim Mitchell 13 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Awesome lyric of a poet penning song worthy of reading. I appreciate the verse's wisdom. Audiences may be of select these days, though may not have always been that way. I consider prose with its once prominent place too runs amiss because of technology since the radio arrived. Books compete with generations changing thirsts especially seems those between and betwixt while perhaps I am wrong?

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I may not be able to write poetry but I can appreciate it when it is done well...and this was very enjoyable....but that's not a surprise because you are oozing literary talent, my friend.

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      William F Torpey 13 months ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Enjoyed this very much, John. I love poetry, but, alas, I have been greatly distracted by the vicissitudes of life -- and other literature. I've been captivated by poetry since I was in 2nd Grade at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Yonkers when our nun read to us "Little Boy Blue."

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What a great comment Missy, and well done on the quiz. I thought the choice between Stephen Crane and Robert Frost was a little tricky. I agree with most of what you said about poetry, but I am optimistic that it is beginning to see some resurgence. Poetry certainly can leave one exposed as you say, like being naked in front of a crowd. I also agree that a good poem should be able to stand alone, but being part of HP and trying to please the establishment, I admit to prostituting myself to a certain extent by adding bells and whistles to keep my poetry hubs featured. It is what I enjoy writing most as well. Have a great week.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Tim. I think you are right that prose is also suffering from technology but not as much as poetry. Even with computers, tablets, and smart phones....prose is still popular through eBooks. Poetry much less so.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What can I say Bill, but thanks! You don't have to be a poet to appreciate it, just as you don't have to be a writer of fiction novels to appreciate them. We all have our own skills and talents.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      When I have a choice between reading poetry and a good story, the story must wait. I love poetry and I love to rhyme. It will never die. We're still reading the greats and little poets are born everyday. Loved this!

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      Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Beautiful! You have presented your views so awesomely. And the lines borrowed in the last stanzas are quite nicely arranged. I recognised only 3 of the poets correctly and got only 40%.

      Poetry will live forever. There are still many poets who are very good and I read many of them as and when I come across them.

      Art and poetry along with music and dance are the breathe for life. Man can't exist without them.

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      Andrew Spacey 13 months ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Keep spreading the word mate!

      Poetry is always going to be inside the human heart in some form, waiting to take flight, but its popularity is subject to ups and downs that's true. Looking around - at the poetry magazines, online sites and new anthologies for sale, plus new talent bursting forth, I'd say it might be in the early stages of a revival? If we can keep poetry in schools and get young 'uns learning the craft, the future will be bright (er).

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      William F Torpey 13 months ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      By the way, John, I like your allusion to Shakespeare. His "Hamlet" made an everlasting impression on me (I even memorized his "To Be Or Not To Be" soliloquy way back in the early '50s.) It paid dividends when I scored 100 on a test on the subject in my English class at Norwalk (Connecticut) High School.

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      MizBejabbers 13 months ago

      Well, haha, John, I just proved that I'm not a poet because I just scored 40% on your quiz. I think everybody in Arkansas knows Maya Angelou because she was raised in a little town called Stamps, Arkansas. She was a beautiful poet who knew a lot about life. I think poetry will always be with us, although the quality seems to be deteriorating somewhat by writers like me. You're a good one, though, and you had some very good thoughts in this hub.

      Oh, yes, one of my favorite verse writers is Shel Silverstein. I just bought a children's book by him that I'm really enjoying. I'm not sure you can call him a poet.

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      Eldon Arsenaux 13 months ago from Cooley, Texas

      This was refreshing for my monday morning. I just finished a collection by Raymond Carver. I think if we love something it won't fade. Good poetry is wine. It sits on the vine, ferments for a time, and then, a decade, a century, or a millennium later, the words are uncorked and enjoyed, their bottled meaning intoxicating fresh, new eyes.

      Thanks for this Jodah, truly. Sometimes I wonder whether all of our words will fade. And then I find someone who values the buried diction, and we're given renewed vigor.

      Like Billy, I'm not much a poet, but I know what I like. I'm a song and dance man... ;)

      Happy days to you and yours,

      -E.G.A.

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      Dana Tate 13 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Nice poem Jodah. I think it's true most people don't understand what the poet is trying to say when they read their work. The thing about poetry is it's supposed to speak to a persons soul.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 13 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Poor Jodah you are not, for you are so versatile and give your readers so much to enjoy. You have found a place in our hearts and on the pages of history. Wonderful poem you wrote and I love that second poem made up of lines of differentof poems - how clever and they blend so well.

      I could not take the quiz because my computer does not have the right plug in. I do know that "A dream within a dream" is in the poem 'Alone', written by Edgar Allan Poe. Some of the other lines are familiar, but I can not place them.

      Is poetry dead? Absolutely not! It will live forever in the hearts and minds of romantics and creative people. Since Enheduana (Greek poet born 2285 BC - first ever published poet and author) picked up a stylus and started writing, poetry has been alive and well and will go on forever.

      I think I will start writing poetry again, Jodah - you are an inspiration.

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      Clive Williams 13 months ago from Nibiru

      i am a sad poet

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      Linda Lum 13 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Jodah - Here's a question for you. What makes "good" poetry? Like any art form, whether it be poem, prose, oil painting, or apple pie {smile} we don't always know what makes a GOOD one, but we sure can recognize the bad ones, the ones that fizzle and don't even make it off of the launching pad. You, my friend, are gifted in both poem and prose. Thanks for this great hub!

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Ah yes William, life and it's vicissitudes can be distracting, but we must always try to make time to indulge our passion for poetry. Glad you enjoyed this, and Little Boy Blue.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Ruby. I am on the same wave length. I read the poetry hubs before the stories or any other hubs. I feel there is so much more (often whole stories) packed in fewer words.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for a beautiful comment Venkat. The quiz wasn't easy so 40% isn't so bad. I agree man can't exist without music, dance and poetry. In fact without poetry we would have no song.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes Chef, I too have the feeling that a revival is just beginning. You keep teaching it to the younger generation too and it will flourish. I will keep spreading the word.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad you liked the "Hamlet" allusion in the title, William. Wow, you must have done a great job of the "To Be or Not to Be" soliloquy to get 100 Om your test.

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      Ann Carr 13 months ago from SW England

      What a great tribute to poets and poetry, John.

      I didn't like poetry at school, probably because it wasn't presented well to me. Now I love much poetry and I enjoy writing it - it presents a different discipline and I like to experiment. It is a shame that poetry doesn't have a higher profile on HP.

      Love the 'Poet's Tree' poem at the end too! Clever.

      Ann

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      MizB, 40% is not too bad. You are not the only one to get that score so far. I deliberately made it a little tricky. I just learnt that Maya Angelou was a singer and stage performer (maybe she sang her poetry) before she turned to poetry. I don't know if the quality of poetry is deteriorating so much, it is just that they seem to have relaxed the rules or widened the scope of what can be called poetry. Some people are simply splitting prose into shorter lines and stanzas and calling it poetry. To each his own, I don't want to discourage anyone who wants to be a poet. By the way, you write great limericks..they are poetry. If Edward Lear's poem "The Owl and the Pussycat" can make the list of the 100 best poems of all time...that says it all.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Good to receive a comment from you Eldon, and a fine one at that. How did you find the Raymond Carver collection? I love the comparison you make of poetry to wine. Perfect. Without poetry there would be no song. While there are still people who appreciate poetry and the written word it will never die. Have a great week.

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      Yves 13 months ago

      I don't know much about poetry, but I'd like to believe it is here to stay. In my case, I tend to see past the poetry and to look, instead, into the heart of the writer. It is interesting to glean information about our fellow writers that way.

      I would not have thought you could have strung all those lines from other poets together so seamlessly. How terribly wonderful!

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Dana I think poetry is written from the heart with the intention of speaking to the reader's soul. In many instances it is left up to the reader's own interpretation to get from it what they will. Many poets prefer not to explain their poetry for that purpose. I generally try to make mine clear to understand, but that is just my preference.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      You have me blushing Phyllis with your kind words and praise. I am sure you would have achieved 100% or close to were you able to take the quiz. I certainly hope I have inspired you to begin writing poetry again. I remember poem about shipwrecks and another about a lighthouse that were incredible.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Sad poetry has it's place Clive :) but you can try being happy.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Carb Diva, that is a great question. If I am honest I don't know what makes good poetry. I have submitted mine to competitions and publications and told by one editor they only accept perfect poetry and mine doesn't meet that criteria. I asked what constituted "perfect" and they wouldn't elaborate. I think if a poem engages a reader in some way and touches their emotions than it is good poetry. I just know what I like and what I don't and it doesn't matter what name is attached to it. Thanks for your generous words.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Ann. Sometimes I don't think kids are introduced to the most appealing poetry at school and it can turn many away. There are such great poets out there to choose from that it is a shame. I am so glad you embrace both reading and writing it now, and you do it well. Myself and others are doing our best to raise the profile on HP. Whether that happens in my lifetime I don't know, but I have seen a resurgence elsewhere. I am getting so much work recently writing poems for people and businesses it is very encouraging. Shel Silverstein is a wonderful poet..most of his work aimed at children. Unfortunately I have only discovered his poetry recently.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading this savvy, and for the insightful comment. Yes I believe you can look beyond the poetry itself and see into the heart of the poet. Wonderful concept. It wasn't easy stringing those lines of other poets together coherently believe me. I had a list of about 100 poems to select those few from, but glad it worked. Have a wonderful week.

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      ahorseback 13 months ago

      Jodah , You are the new poets ambassador ! Nice job and keep on writing what ever you do !

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha Thanks Ed. Your recent poem about the plight of poets is partly responsible for prompting this. You keep doing the same. Poetry Rocks!

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      Liz Elias 13 months ago from Oakley, CA

      Nicely done!

      I enjoy poetry; my personal writing style is free verse.

      I do have a few favorites, however, and they are an eclectic mix. I love the wit of Ogden Nash; I love the imagery in "Sea Fever," by John Masefield; I am captivated by the Robert Frost verse of "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening;" and I find delight in the grim humor of Dorothy Parker's "Resumé," (although I find the title very odd for the topic).

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi John,

      Your title certainly creates a lot of interest and had me a bit worried for you ...I thought you were going to quit writing poetry of all things! Thank goodness, that's not the case.

      I think I mentioned this to you before about how my mother would recite poetry to all of us kids growing up and I didn't realize it was written by actual poets, just thinking mom is very creative, which she was, but ... LOL. Then I did the same thing with my children and now my grandchildren. They love rhythm and rhyme, then they will all join in. I love it, such fun!

      I remember in Sixth Grade reading and learning Robert Frost's "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" and "The Road not Taken" in high school; we sang it at graduation. I remember loving that poem in Sixth grade, so I think if children are presented with it, they will actually love and appreciate it ...the sooner the better.

      I don't think poetry will ever die, but it does need to be out there more in schools and such. Parents should expose their children and grandchildren to all sorts of poetry too. My son, who is now 27, loves poetry. He is very artistic in all mediums.

      Your poems are off-the-charts great here!

      Blessings always

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      Nithya Venkat 13 months ago from Dubai

      Poetry will never die. Enjoyed reading your poem as always. Poems are like eternal flames that can withstand the strongest of storms.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for stopping by to read this DzyMsLizzy. Yes like everything else, variety in poetry is the spice of life. You give a good selection of poets and poems in your comment. Have a good week.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Theresa, sorry if the title got you worried, but it certainly seems to be attracting the reader's (at least within HubPages). Yes it is good you are a family of poetry lovers. Good on your mother for passing that on. Thanks for the great comment.

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      Jackie Lynnley 13 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Well I only missed one in your quiz which surprised me! lol

      Poetry will never die; there are too many of us! What better way to empty our hearts or speak the unspeakable!

      To one of my very favorite poets, another fantastic job.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for your lovely comment Jackie. We poets have to support and envy outrage each other to keep putting new quality poems out there. Well done in the quiz.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Vellur, yes like the eternal flame or the Phoenix rising from the ashes. Thank you for reading, and keep writing your poetry also.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 13 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent and thought provoking hub!

      I strongly believe that Poetry can never die, It has lived through times immemorial and would live in future as well.

      ---But I agree that not everyone can understand the deep thoughts involved in composing the beautiful lines in a poem. There is a definite reader or audience for this creative form of literature.

      Life has become too fast and mechanical---people see the flowers but have no time to stop and enjoy its heavenly fragrance.

      Great hub, beautiful poem and lovely tribute to the great poets!

      Thank you!

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Chitrangada, it is always a pleasure to receive your comments on my hubs. You a so right when you say that life is so fast paced and mechanical that people don't take the time to stop and smell the flowers...or to appreciate things like poetry.

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      Ann Carr 13 months ago from SW England

      It's great that you're getting commissions; well done!

      Ann

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      Frank Atanacio 13 months ago from Shelton

      Poetry my friend can never die.. you'll find it in letters, songs, Greeting cards.. it comes in so many variations .. everyday you'll find new poetry handlers.. you are an excellent poetry handler... love the poetry you've expressed here so continue to handle poems as well as you do :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 13 months ago from The Caribbean

      Jodah, I passed the quiz but I didn't get a perfect score. As for poetry, there will always be some special people inspired to share their hearts in this incredible art form. Your poem about poets is spectacular. I repeat here that you are on of my favorite poets on HubPages!

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Frank. I have never been called a poetry handler before, but I'll take that title and embrace it. Cheers.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Ms Dora, good on you for passing the quiz, it's not an easy one. So happy you liked this poem, and my poetry in general. Have a great day.

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      Shaloo Walia 13 months ago

      Not everyone understands poetry and the poets. May be nobody has the time anymore!But good poetry is always appreciated. It will continue to live forever.

      I loved this poem. A difficult and unique topic to deal with!

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for liking this poem and for your comment. You are probably right that people don't take the time anymore.

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      manatita44 13 months ago from london

      Excellent poem and another interesting way of looking at this subject. I've done about 10 poems now relating to words and poetry, and two works of prose, all different, of course. Too vast a subject.

      Poetry won't die. There are too many clubs in London for this purpose, not to notice. But the trend has shifted. People need the stuff that reaches them straight away, like a good fix or fast food. They do not like to ponder, to be as sublime like Wordsworth or Frost.

      The good writers will live on, and my style is for 30 - 40 years ahead. Great poets, to my mind, are servants. They offer something to mankind, and let it speak, inspire, awaken, elevate; reach the Heart ...they have no other purpose. Great read!

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you manatita. I agree with your assessment that poetry will never die. As I said in an earlier comment, I am currently getting so many requests to write poetry for people I am having trouble keeping up.

      I too agree that times have changed and now there is more demand for poems that display a clear message that the reader doesn't have to ponder the meaning of for too long. Yes, we are servants, you and I.

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      manatita44 13 months ago from london

      Good for you. I generally don't like doing things for others unless it's a Bill's challenge or someone I like. Simply because I have to write away from what I like, (Which I can) but generally don't like to. Recently I did The Lonely Life of A Cockpit Fighter for Madan (emge), because he asked me, and I like him.

      Because of my bilateral ability with prose, I get asked to do other stuff. I'm doing a Eulogy this weekend (Memoriam) Ha ha.

      In many ways it is a great thing to be asked to do stuff and recognised when one is alive. Sri Chinmoy, my Beloved Teacher, agreed that there was merit in this. Much Love, Jodah.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 13 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Wow! All those comments - that speaks volumes for your hub! Enjoyed it immensely, although most of the poets I know seem to be rather older than the ones in your quiz!

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Blossom. Yes I am blown away by the number of comments too. Aw come on, you can't be that old. A couple are recent but most of them are long gone :) I appreciate your comment.

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      Leptirela 12 months ago from I don't know half the time

      Here , another one of yours i like.

      With passion in my eyes,

      I read the words you chose to write

      So good, no surprise.

      But Im here searching for you,

      As I happen to be stuck :/

      So I played a lil ' stalker and

      sent you a request on Facebook.

      I only have three more days,

      To write a little piece,

      On something I find difficult

      So help me please.

      I just need a little push

      In the right direction,

      If you find you have time

      Come and push me there.

      What I think about poetry?

      Hmm... what's that? :)

      Leptir-Ela x

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Well Leptir-Ela, good to hear from you. It has been ages. Was this poem a message to me? I shall have to check my Facebook requests if that is the case. Thank you for the poetic comment.

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      Leptirela 12 months ago from I don't know half the time

      Yes. Also, still at it.

      Thank you for accepting.

      Xx

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 12 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Most delightful. Enjoyed this. I do believe poetry still has a long way to go. It is a most inspirational and creative way to express oneself.

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      Chris Mills 12 months ago from Colorado Springs, CO until the end of March

      Poetry finds its way into every aspect of our lives, I think. When a child is born, we look for a poem. When an old person dies, we do the same. Between those to verses is the story of our individual lives, which may have rhyme and reason, or maybe free verse, but for sure, life is poetry. Arise, oh Jodah, write and be known.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Rasma. I think you are right about poetry. I hope so anyway.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Very insightful comment Chris. Yes at birth and death we seek out poetry, and birthdays, Christmas, etc etc...where would the greeting card industry be without it? I'll be over to read your latest story soon...been very busy here.

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      Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago

      You are a Poet John, I love your poetry

      Some of it makes me laugh

      Some makes me want to cry

      With each word written in your rhyme

      You have my heart attached to each and every line

      *

      *

      Blessings my friend

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 12 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Thanks. Glad you weren't blown away by that end of Winston as well!

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Lovely words Shyron. I appreciate every comment from you. Blessings back.

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      Deb Hirt 12 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      I think you just made some worthy poems live on with new life. Good work.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Deb, I hope that is the case. Poetry rocks.

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      Audrey Howitt 12 months ago from California

      Well from the number of comments here, I would say that poetry is alive and well--at least I hope so! Well said my friend!

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      Nadine May 12 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you Jodah. For me poetry is the purist form of writing. Long live all poetry, past or present.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Audrey, so it would appear. :)

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      You echoed my thoughts Nadine. Thanks for reading and your support.

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      Martie Coetser 12 months ago from South Africa

      Some poetry are good, others are bad, but they surely all come from the bottom of one's heart.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading Martie. That is so true.

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      mckbirdbks 12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      I think 84 comments answers the question. Your poetry is a nice contribution to the genre.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Mike. I wish HP paid us a dollar for ever comment on our hubs. :)

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      mckbirdbks 12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      It is my understanding that some here on HP get regular payouts. Those authors write about cooking and NASA, and you know stuff that people want to read. Google won't search for 'The Carriage Driver'

      SEO, Keywords, blah, blah, blah.....

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      Lawrence Hebb 12 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      John

      My favourite would be Kipling's 'if' which is both awesome poetry and good advice.

      I had to say 'good and bad' because even though I enjoy good poetry I'm nearly always disappointed by my own efforts, hence I don't try to write it very often!

      Enjoyed the reflection here.

      Lawrence

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, Mike. So I hear. My one and only recipe hub (contains a poem) is my most consistent traffic getter here at HP. Don't get me started on SEO and keywords.

      Lawrence. Thank you. I agree. Kipling is one of my favourite poets and authors. I love "If", and "The Female of the Species" etc.

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      Shauna L Bowling 12 months ago from Central Florida

      You know, it's funny; although most of my early writings were poetry, I can't say I ever read a poetry book or could quote a famous poet. I still can't quote famous poets. Who wrote, "I think that I shall never see a thing as lovely as a tree"? That's the only line I know but couldn't tell you who wrote it.

      I began writing poetry as an emotional release when I was in my late teens. It continued through adulthood, but has dwindled dramatically. Strong emotions - both negative and positive - had me grab my pen and notebook and write furiously until I felt better. I'd date and time each entry and make a note at the top as to what or who prompted the emotion.

      I guess I no longer write poetry the way I once did because I've come to peace with myself and my life.

      I do enjoy reading the poetry here on HP, although I can't say I enjoy all of it. I have my favorite poets and you're one of them, John. Your style is easy to read and comprehend.

      When poetry is so complex that I can't find the meaning, I don't finish it. I think that may contribute to poetry being a lost art. That, and it doesn't pay the bills. I would venture to say there are more novels sold than poetry books. At least my poetry book didn't sell well. But it was a goal of mine and I accomplished that goal. Even made enough sales to earn a profit over cost. But I'd be homeless now if I were to try to make a living at poetry.

      For me, it's a personal thing. I share my creativity in cards to friends and family and still feel propelled to tell my (a) story through poetic form from time to time.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Shauna, thanks for the great comment. I agree with your views on poetry. Novels are much more popular than poetry books. I think in fact I only own two. I did see one by Thomas Hardy in a second-hand shop the other day that I considered buying but refrained. I think I sold six copies of my poetry eBook :) so far.

      You are right that one of the reasons poetry isn't so popular anymore is that a lot of it is abstract with hidden meanings that takes too much effort from the reader to try to interpret. I know I prefer poetry that is easy to understand with a clear message. Being easy to read doesn't make it unintelligent. As an experiment, I once wrote a poem consisting of just random words and phrases I thought up on the spot and it got great reviews, even though I personally thought it was rubbish. People even pretended to interpret it, which even I couldn't do as it had no meaning.

      Your poetry book is good and reading it is like following you on a personal journey of growing up.

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      Harish Mamgain 11 months ago from India

      John, poetry is to life what makeup is to a woman. You are my favorite poet. In my childhood days, I used to wonder what it was all about, but now I appreciate poetry, rhyming as well as prose. I love reading poems. Poetry will last till there are stars in the sky and water in the ocean ! I appreciate your concern for the future of poetry. Poetry is a great skill and craft. Thank you very much.

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much for the great comment, Harish, and for saying I am your favourite poet. You may like to check out a new website I started "creativeexiles.com"

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      Bill Russo 11 months ago from Cape Cod

      I loved it John. Writing is a salad composed of many ingredients and poetry will always be a staple of any good salad.

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey, Bill, thanks, buddy. Yes, I think poetry may be like a slice of lettuce. Where's a salad without it? Cheers.

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      Larry Rankin 11 months ago from Oklahoma

      I'm back and trying to get caught up. I'm sorry for being gone. My mother passed away. You're among the few followers I'm sending this message, because I have always valued your feedback whether we agree with one another or not.

      I feel like I owe you an explanation for why I haven't been supporting our writing community lately. You will see this message on other people's comments, but I assure you it isn't being sent out blindly. It is only going to those who in my experience have been give and take supportive in our little community as to warrant an explanation.

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Good to see you back, Larry, and sorry to hear about your mother. I know what it's like as I lost both parents within a year of each other. I appreciate you taking the time to eplain your absense and I look forward to reading more hubs by you. Cheers.

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