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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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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