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Alas, Poor Jodah! I Knew Him, a Poem About the Death of Poetry, or Is It?

Updated on January 4, 2022
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded the "Best Poet 2014 and 2021" Hubby Awards.

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

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.

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

Some poets pen their abstract thoughts

In unique and free-verse style,

Others write like Dr Seuss

With repeated rhyming guile.

Most have their favourite authors,

Novelists and scribes,

But ask one's favourite poet

And you'll oft' be met with jibes.

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.

Upon the road of my life

A woman waits for me.

Beyond the brittle towns asleep,

'Tis opposites - entice.

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
the Poet's Tree by Shel Silverstein | Source

© 2016 John Hansen


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