The Poet Who Hates Poetry

Now we really know that I don’t hate all poetry, but I’m upset with the modern perception of poetry today.  This doesn’t include every poet (amateur and professional), but it does include a lot of them.

I don’t like the idea that in order for it to be art, it has to be abstract.  Since when was this a rule?  What happened to the melodious writings of Wordsworth?  The creativity of Shakespeare?  The rhythm and description of Poe?  The simplicity of Frost?  The daily life applied into the work of Dickinson?  It’s these people that made me fall in love with poetry… and now modern writers make me less enthusiastic in my search for new pieces of written art.

Yes, I do not deny the fact that some free verse poems can be art… but I’m not quite sure that every odd compilation of words IS free verse.    I feel that people are digging too deep into the art of the word and not the communication.  (and I confess, I am guilty of this too!)

The underground jazz clubs and scholarly expectations of today’s society have thrown people into this mindset that the old style of poetry is too basic for us modern people.  If this is true then why do people quote Shakespeare’s sonnets still today?

Yes, I can like abstract poems and free verse, but I will forever be a lover of the melodious, rhythmic, and  rhyming verses our modern society calls “childish.”

People don’t tend to listen to songs with notes that don’t work together and a melody that doesn’t flow, nor do they listen to speakers who are terrible at communication.

Flow + Communication + The “it” factor = Good poetry.

So here’s me saying to all you fellow poets out there, and to myself as well.  Please don’t discount the “outdated” ways of poetry, because they are possibly the most beautifully penned works of art mankind has to offer.

po·et·ry [poh-i-tree] – noun

1. The art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, forexciting pleasure by
beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts.

2. Literary work in metrical form; verse.


4 thoughts on “The Poet Who Hates Poetry

  1. I must say I do fall for this when writing poems on my blog. I don’t know why, it just doesn’t feel as good if it isn’t abstract. Studying poems in English Lit at A-Level probably didn’t help, you know, trying to find all this ‘hidden meaning’.

    • Agreed. Aspiring amateurs like my unnoticed blogging comrades and I can fall into this trap often. Studying great literature creates this pressure or inspiration to write just like those famous authors. I usually feed that “I NEED TO WRITE HIDDEN MEANINGS TO BE GREAT!!OMGZ!!#%!” urge I unfortunately get ALL the time, I come up with metaphors in my head before I write. I then, write about the object I compared my original subject to instead.

      Like Confection.

      That poem isn’t about candy or sweets, but an object I compare in my head to it.

      By doing this I can feel sneaky and feel like I’ve accomplished a satisfactory literary feat without overloading my readers with scholarly big words and abstract spacing that just doesn’t make sense which aren’t interesting to read.

  2. I completely agree to what you want to convey. Few funny lines on this subject –

    Beauty lies in the eyes of beholder,
    but when the artform is abstract,
    I feel my eyes have cataract :-)!

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