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Poets, Poems, Poetry... are for IMBECILES

Updated on February 20, 2017

"A poem begins with a lump in the throat. " --Robert Frost

"You can't write poetry on the computer. " --Quentin Tarantino

What is Poetry?

Here's an almost accurate definition of poetry from Wikipedia.

"Poetry (from the Greek "ποίησις", poiesis, a "making") is a form of literary artlanguage is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its apparent meaning. Poetry may be written independently, as discrete poems, or may occur in conjunction with other arts, as in poetic drama, hymns or lyrics. in which

Poetry, and discussions of it, have a long history. Early attempts to define poetry, such as Aristotle's Poetics, focused on the uses of speech in rhetoric, drama, song and comedy. Later attempts concentrated on features such as repetition, verse form and rhyme, and emphasized the aesthetics which distinguish poetry from prose.From the mid-20th century, poetry has sometimes been more loosely defined as a fundamental creative act using language. Read More"

" Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those we have personality and emotion know what it means to want to escape from these things." -- Emily Dickinson

What I like about Poetry.

I'm never much of a poet. The lines I think of or even write are sure fire examples for people not to listen to poetry. But I do love poetry. I like listening to poetry especially when read from the heart. I like to read poetry. I marvel at the interplay of words within words making so many meanings that  a poem is a world in itself.

If a picture paints a thousand words... then a poem builds a world. Worlds of fantasy, pain, hell, heaven, laughter, solitude, loneliness, anger, neglect, damnation, faith, love, hate, heaven... the list goes on. Their is no other form of literature that can capture humanity in such few words.

In this hub I have featured the top four poems in my list. They have, in one way or another, reflect the way I look at life. It was pure delight when I found them being read this way. I'm sure all of you my readers will enjoy them.

So... Poetry, Poems, Poets... are for Imbeciles. If you believe this then you're one hell of an Imbecile!!! 


Understanding Poetry


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Judge not...

Which poem did you really really like?

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Ok Shakespeare... time to share your thoughts.

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    • Winsome profile image


      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Suhhhhuite! Nice collection NT. Come on over for a visit. Tony, great comment.

    • needful things profile imageAUTHOR

      needful things 

      9 years ago from Poland

      Yep Tony. right you are there. I had a full body massage with a blind masseu... he said to me.. I only need my ears and heart to see the world.

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      Tony McGregor 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Poetry is a great force for good - if we listen with our eyes and see with our ears! Poetry is a force to lift us out of what keeps us down, and take us where we have never dreamt of going, only to find ourselves at home there.

      Thanks for a wonderful Hub about a wonderful subject.

      Love and peace


    • needful things profile imageAUTHOR

      needful things 

      9 years ago from Poland

      Yep Elena, it is hard to find someone who can read and give life to poetry. At best they are better  read with the mind.

      Teresa, I have actually read some lines of Kwames work about Bob Marley and he does put too much political meaning on B Marley's lyrics. I'm guessing now that he intended it be that way.


    • Elena. profile image


      9 years ago from Madrid

      Hi needful things!  Wonderful, wonderful hub!

      I loved Emily Dickinson's quote! :-)  I also like to listen to recited poetry, I actually like that better than reading it, but it's not easy to find "good poetry readers", or maybe I'm too picky!

    • Teresa McGurk profile image


      9 years ago from The Other Bangor

      I agree with Kwame Dawes, who posits that poetry is a vital political force. And I'm intrigued that many politicians in South America are poets -- and that poetry is respected as a relevant social voice.

      Yep. Good Hub. Thanks!

    • needful things profile imageAUTHOR

      needful things 

      9 years ago from Poland

      Eeeks!!! I remember the time my father asked me what I want to be when I grow up... I told... I want to be poet.... he laughed and laughed and laughed... I think he's still laughing now.

    • Cris A profile image

      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      What's amazing about this hub is that you are not a self-professed poet but the presentation is like a poem in itself - or at least very poetic! Thanks for this innovative hub - very refreshing indeed. Now I'm off to watch the poetry reading! :D


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