Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What is Poetry?

It has to rhyme, I hate it, teachers put me off it at school, It's too hard to write. I've been told all of these things by people when I've discussed poetry. I feel so sad for the people who hate poetry and were put off it at school.

I have written an article about that here. I really believe teachers who don't at least like, if not love, a subject shouldn't be allowed to teach that subject to students.

Poetry does not have to rhyme, although rhyming is an important part of the ballad style that most people thing of when you mention poetry. Bush ballads certainly must rhyme, and must also adhere to strict rules, which can put more free-spirited people off.

But it is not mandatory that poetry does rhyme. There have been many fine poems written in the free verse style that don't rhyme. There is usually some sense of rhythm though, and maybe 'slant' rhymes, that is words that almost but not quite rhyme.

Alliteration and assonance my also be there, and many other things that can bring a collection of words together in a manner pleasing to the ear and mind. Poetic forms such as haiku certainly don't rhyme, but have their own charm when done well.

Give poetry a go - there is a lot of contemporary out there, on a huge range of subjects. There are also lots of opportunities to go out to poetry readings/poetry slams, and hear contemporary read/performed.

Even if you don't think you like poetry, why not give it another go, you might surprise yourself.

3 comments:

onekabrad said...

I like poetry... in high school i would write short poetic phrases... that expressed both a humorous and sarcastic side... a dis here and there,.. e.g. " I' Like your picture, think it's very nice, I'd put it in the attic to scare away the mice"

Nothing Profound said...

Carolyn-thanks for adding me as a friend. I write aphorisms, as you know, which are my equivalent of writing haikus. I agree absolutely with what you said about the experience of stillness which writing accords. Being alone with yourself, away from the noise and hubbub of the world.

Carolyn said...

Hi to Nothing Profound and Onekabrad, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. I love your little pieces of wisdom, Nothing Profound, and to you Onekabrad, you've made me remember the creative thoughts I had when I was at high school - I had so many love affairs happening, entirely in my head. I was very creative - my imagination was going wild when I was 15 years old.