Poetry is among the most popular and meaningful art forms in the world. You need a pen, paper, and a dash of creativity and, ‘lo and behold,’ you are ready to make art!
So what makes poetry so special, and why is it such a significant part of world history?
- Poems Are Among The Oldest Forms Of Literature. The earliest manuscript ever found was from the Geometric age, etched on stone pillars. This only goes to show that the olden people documented their elders’ stories. Indeed, verbal and written poems are undoubtedly ancient art forms.
In movies and books, we learn that spoken poetry was very popular for centuries. Poems were part of how people used to express their emotions, not like songs – because they don’t need music. The music was read between the lines.
- Poetry Can Be Lyric, Dramatic, Or Epic. These are the three primary types of poetry. However, these were not made official during Aristotle’s time, when he categorized poetry into epic, tragic, and comic. The former three are officially the categories considered now: lyric, expressing personal feelings typically in the first person; epic, focusing on heroism, culture, and narratives; and dramatic, describing an event or circumstance.
- There Are Guidelines In Poetry But Are Often Broken. Being a poet is not only limited to the writer or author. The runner, the director, the actor, the whole team can be poets in their ways. When they decide to perform and deliver creative and skillful work, they become poets. Like poetry rules, poems don’t have to sound the same at the end of the line or have the same number of words. Poetry is something that can be experimented and explored to make it better.
- Poetry Can Change Society. It was proven by Poet Enheduanna, one of the most influential and empowered women of her time, that anyone – even women – could have a place in society. This was in the middle of an era where women were rarely considered significant. In 1960, the Women’s Movement composed of active writers challenged the conventional style of writing poems and subject matters. Poetry created a significant change in American society.
One poet was Audre Lorde, who was born in 1934. She spearheaded the fight against feminism, and up until today, her famous words still echo in the minds of budding and seasoned poets alike: “Those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are black, who are older – know that survival is not an academic skill. It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.”
- Poetry Can Be An Opportunity For Other Art Forms. As a poet, you are in touch with your feelings, thoughts, and emotions. You can utilize your skills and experience to deal with your inner world and express it through other means. When you learn to write and tell a story, you then hone your skills in expression, creativity, and talent. You might want to explore music or painting, which are equally wonderful ways to express how you feel. You can be an actor and release your emotions through performing. Through poetry, you can be anyone you want to be.