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Keeping poetry real, relevant and current

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Reading our day-to-day literature, every now and then we may come across a poem or two. However, we may not always stop and read what it’s about.

Why is this?

Could it be that we simply don’t find it compelling? Or is it that when we think of poetry, we think of the boring lectures from our past English teachers? Likely.

(Flickr: VH Hammer)

(Flickr: VH Hammer)

 Consider this -- if a poem was from the early 1700s, when Americans were speaking with British influence and their early ancestral roots, would that content interest you as much as a contemporary poem that conveys a more modern message?

The majority of readers are drawn to poetry that feels more relevant to them and that they can more easily relate to.

Realistically, centuries-old poetry may seem a bit more difficult to connect yourself to.

We naturally cleave to what we best understand and enjoy. This could be familiar emotion or description. Interests are relative to each person and poetry changes throughout time.

However, despite the difference in time or culture there are certain human feelings and subjects that will forever remain timeless. Love, sadness, jealousy, confusion, desire — these are all emotions that transcend the ages and can be found in poetry dating back many years.

Today, poetry can live in art as well as on paper. That is the beauty of poetry; it is versatile. It constantly grows out of itself and becomes appealing to the next generation because it was created by a previous one hoping to move past the present. Poetry molds to what the reader desires.

What is your favorite poem? Are you drawn to poets long-gone or do you prefer more modern scribes? What are some of your favorite styles — rhyming or blank verse?

Tell us in the comments section below.

Catalina Gonzalez is a regular contributor to EducatedWriter.com.

 

Catalina Gonzalez

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