Has poetry got a future?

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  1. PeeGee profile image61
    PeeGeeposted 14 years ago

    If there is no music to go with it - can poetry ever be anything other than stuff you have to do at school or that old people read and is on Radio 4 in the afternoons? How beyond slams and all that jazz make poetry relevant and popular or has its time passed?

    1. Pearldiver profile image70
      Pearldiverposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Keep Writing your Poetry PeeGee and ask one or two OLD People to review your works. hmm  You may find Your future.

      Certainly Caught the guy above me with your post! yikes

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      Teacher Actressposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Poetry definitely has a future.  Poetry expresses the way a poet feels about someone or something.
      Teacher  Actress

    3. mohitmisra profile image60
      mohitmisraposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Te oldest spiritual text in the world the Holy Vedas is poetry which is the most condensed form of philosophy.

      Many masterpieces like the Ramayana, Bhagwat Gita, Mahabharata ,Guru Granth Sahib etc are poetry and they will last till this earth spins.

      I believe the level of poetry has deteriorated a lot over the past few years or decades and has given it a poor name and poets today face a very difficult time.

      Then I also believe poetry is picking up again and people are once again appreciating spirituality and philosophy through poetry. smile

    4. Rudy walsh profile image59
      Rudy walshposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      As long as man and woman have emotions and words to express themselvs,then we will always have poetry.

    5. Daniel Carter profile image65
      Daniel Carterposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I've certainly construed similarly with the US congress and politics. Oh, and religion, too. But they are still with us, God help us all.

      However, poetry....
      There have been times when I haven't had a lick of an idea for what to write, sitting in my victimhood, or just feeling lifeless, and then I'll read somebody's poem (many here on HP) and suddenly, blood starts pumping and life starts all over again.

      Song lyrics are a form of poetry, but they are different. I know because I write both. Poetry, on the other hand is as plentiful and universal and as poignant as scripture, Shakespear and CrisA (and manlypoetryman, and, and, and...)

      None of this is going away. At least I don't think it will.

    6. dutchman1951 profile image62
      dutchman1951posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Young or Old, Poetry has its voice, and makes its impressions and points.

      Keep writing


    7. marinealways24 profile image60
      marinealways24posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      No, poetry does not have a future.

      Society becomes more unaware and stupified every day.

    8. profile image57
      Sunny Baldwinposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      there is no future without poetry. It is the very song of the soul and as long as the soul still sings, there will always be others like me who must listen.

  2. manlypoetryman profile image79
    manlypoetrymanposted 14 years ago


    What you say about poe-trays popularity passin'? Your darn tootin'...Poetry has a future...if'ns people would let it do itz thang...it has great potential to describe what ever you so choose...in an organized and thought-provoking manner!

  3. visitmaniac profile image59
    visitmaniacposted 14 years ago

    I know plenty of writers and people that love to write poems so yes its still a passion for many and a way for kids and adults to express themselves

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      cosetteposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      right on!

  4. tantrum profile image61
    tantrumposted 14 years ago

    Poetry never dies. It can change its format, but will ever be around.

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      PirateGirlposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Damn right, oh and sorry about last night Tantrum, just got carried away. Enjoy your weekend !

      1. tantrum profile image61
        tantrumposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Why should you be sorry?! Of you own opinions !? And I never care If someone throws crap words at me. I think its funny how people get carried away over nonsenses. Enjoy your weekend!

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    LEWJposted 14 years ago

    Poetry has a future as long as the human heart does.

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      \Brenda Scullyposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      and the human heart will never die, though every now and again it may get injured, it will recover...........

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    R1VERT1LTposted 14 years ago
  7. earnestshub profile image83
    earnestshubposted 14 years ago

    I can't see poetry fading away. it is a wonderful way to say things that are felt.

  8. PeeGee profile image61
    PeeGeeposted 13 years ago

    Just checking guys - one of those questions that we all need to ask ourselves now and again to make sure we keep doing what we do......bless you all for being human.  PeeGee

    1. Daniel Carter profile image65
      Daniel Carterposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      So when are you publishing your hub of poetry?
      Keep us posted.

      1. Daniel Carter profile image65
        Daniel Carterposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Ahhhhhhh, I spoke too soon, didn't I?
        So, I'm reading. I'll keep you posted....

  9. R P Chapman profile image61
    R P Chapmanposted 13 years ago

    poetry, proper poetry, is an essential part of the human condition. The popularity of writing verse in books is most certainly waning, but our desire to distil and express our emotions is as strong as it ever was.

  10. Marisa Wright profile image88
    Marisa Wrightposted 13 years ago

    The trouble with poetry is that when it's good, it's very very good, and when it's bad it's awful.

    In the old days, writers had to get past editors to get their work published, which screened out the poor quality.  These days we can all publish whatever we feel like.

    The result is that there's some pretty bad writing online - but I have to say, poetry seems to suffer worse than anything.  There is some really horrible stuff out there.  I hope that doesn't put people off poetry, because it is so emotive when done well.

    1. dutchman1951 profile image62
      dutchman1951posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Marisa, you are spot on, so so true


    2. tantrum profile image61
      tantrumposted 13 years agoin reply to this
    3. Rayalternately profile image61
      Rayalternatelyposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      so true, no-one reads me for a reason! big_smile

  11. hoodieweather profile image61
    hoodieweatherposted 13 years ago

    Poetry = emotions.

    We all have them!

  12. Matthew Hollands profile image61
    Matthew Hollandsposted 13 years ago

    Hello PG, my real life friend! smile 

    I think there are a lot of things that are called poems around today which are actually just clever words said quickly.  These cloud the issue.  I think there are poets out there, right now, who are as good as anything which has come before, but they'll never get the acclaim of the olden time heros because they're lost in a great sea of mediocrity.

    On the upside, it's the Cheltenham Lit. Fest this week!  An island of goodness in that sea!

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    philip carey 61posted 13 years ago

    Poems can convey things that ordinary prose just can't. Good poets can put disparate things together at right angles, as it were. The result is sometimes beautiful, puzzling, shocking, etc. I think they're here to stay. Nothing can take you to such unknown emotional places as a poem.

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    zampanoposted 13 years ago

    Yes. Poetry has a future as long as humanity's.
    But like all things that were played by an elite even if some brand of them was labeled "popular" it will become "democratized".
    That is, no care for rules or metrics and so.
    An example of this is given by Speedy Gonzalez trying to write a poem for a friend's birthday :

    Tabasco is red. Paprika too.
    Happy birthday to you.


  15. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 13 years ago

    I can enjoy a quiet night with a glass of wine and book of poetry. I love seeing and feeling the eloquent flow of words and structure. It will live. smile

  16. Chad A Taylor profile image73
    Chad A Taylorposted 13 years ago

    In reality poetry is weaved througout our culture and is indelible part of our everyday life from a greeting card, your favorite song on the radio; it's all poetry and has its roots in prose.  Open your eyes it's all around you!

  17. Kid Eternity profile image59
    Kid Eternityposted 13 years ago

    Poetry's time will pass when humanity passes. People have to express themselves - some paint, some dance, some speak, some sing and some write. In each category of expression there are those sub-categorizations, false divisions; is a writer a novelist, a short story author, or a poet? Perhaps he has success with one form over another, or perhaps his voice emerges in one form better than in another, or perhaps he simply has no desire to write in another form. But poetry is, in the end, self-expression. It will end when breathing ends.



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