In addition to arts programs being severely underfunded, there is also a lack of diversity. He, before talking about what poetry should do, traces its role from ancient societies till date. Poetry allows kids to put language to use-to make it serve a deep internal purpose, to break rules along the way (grammar, punctuation, capitalization -- think of e.e. - Poetry is a literary work in verse writing of high quality, great beauty, a piece of art, with emotional sincerity or intensity, a graceful expression showing imagination and deep feeling with beautiful and elegant quality. writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative. Poetry has a place in our curriculum. Like society itself, it is likely that the role of poetry will be forever-changing—adapting itself to the needs of society as poets see fit, and as the human experience necessitates. This is what poetry is for, to call the soldier to war, to call the lover to bed. For example, did she want to inspire, entertain or teach? The purpose of my poetry (or prose, if you insist) is to help me understand the world and my place in it. Can You Catch My Flow? ~Alice, “Poetry is a counselor helping us to understand one another. The poem's meaning, on the other hand, is its message to an individual or collective readership. The utilization of poets and poetry can serve for many different positive purposes and effects on society. So perhaps there is no singular role for poetry. High school poetry suffers from an image problem. http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/a-raleigh-scholar-proves-the-influence-of-langston-hughess-poetry-on-martin-luther-king-jrs-rhetoric/Content?oid=5015295. In this way poetry can be a vehicle for messages of social justice. And despite our differences, we are not alone in our grief, pain, joy or happiness. by Anna Vaught . The question over the purpose of poetry–or, more generally, literature–has been asked for at least 2,000 years. I agree 100%..thanks, Hi Ropah, Thank you so much for reading my blog and for taking the time to write! I will close with an excerpt from What the Living Do by Marie Howe: Truly, poetry can help remind us all we are alive. Poetry is perhaps a more effective stress relief than working out or meditating because it forces you to express your feelings through words, which helps you not only understand your feelings but also communicate them more effectively. Appreciate your kind and thoughtful comments!! Poem of the week activitiescan be easily implemented to strengthen language arts lessons. It can add additional value to our studies. Leading us away from hate to love, from violence to mercy and pity.”, Thank you so much, Rebecca, for commenting and Happy Poetry Month! was born on the idea of my poetry writing history. It is more rewarding to experience these things then to study them. Thank you so much, Sean! The essentials and purpose of poetry. Thank you Rebecca. Prose and poetry also provide a way to express emotions, raise questions and build critical thinking skills. Hi, My name is Cyril Smith Jr, I live on the tiny island of Trinidad and Tobago.I enjoy reading your comments. And now Can You Catch My Flow? For my present purpose I need not dwell on our Elizabethan poetry, or on the continuation and close of this poetry in Milton. ~Alice. Stay mighty and safe, Alice, Your email address will not be published. Gone from our sight but not from our hearts. The Value of Poetry in Today's Society. ~Alice. How much my poetry has changed from when I first started writing poetry until now. If you are reluctant to teach poe… Why is poetry important to our world today? Thank you so much, Cyril, for writing me from Trinidad and Tobago:) I know you’re writing a lot of poetry now. Poetry, in the words of Wordsworth, “is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge, the impassioned expression that is in the countenance of all science”. The subject of poetry is general and operative truth which is its own testimony.” According to J. C. Smith, an eminent critic, “The nature of poetry will appear more clearly when we have considered its end or purpose, or the function of the poet in a civil society.” Words as an image of society and a gateway from the heart. That idea grew up into something more. Lidy’s new book, Can You Catch My Flow? It is also a means (obviously) by which the poet can express himself on any given subject. In this way, the cathartic role of poetry is even more important than a social commentary one. Poetry is so important because it helps us understand and appreciate the world around us. In a time in which we are taking care to emphasize traditionally underrepresented narratives of groups of people more and more, I believe it is poetry’s ability to relay awareness of experience that cements its role in society at large. No question about it. And check out my former professor’s, W. Jason Miller’s new book, ORIGINS OF THE DREAM. These statements hint implicitly at an idea I often hear musicians invoke when discussing their motivations for creating art: that art is truly valuable in and of itself—irrespective of any concept of role or “purpose”. From Alice: As we move toward April and National Poetry Month, think about how you can sprinkle more poetry into your life. We all of us profess to be agreed in the estimate of this poetry; we all of us recognise it as great poetry, our greatest, and Shakespeare and Milton as our poetical classics. And the human race is filled with passion. To determine purpose, ask yourself what the poet's intent was when she began to write. Poetry’s strength lies in its ability to shed a “sideways” light on the world, so the truth sneaks up on you. Creating a world less about tearing each other down and apart, and more about coming together. The name slam came from how the audience has the power to praise or, sometimes, destroy a poem. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. At a time when only 4 percent of all arts funding in America comes from public sources, reevaluating the role of poetry (and all arts, truly) in society at large is a very relevant project both for newcomers and seasoned veterans alike. captures the everyday ordinary events of the human condition in poetic snapshots. No matter the walks of life, the reader is sure to find themselves within the lines. I have a book of poems from her and many of them are my favorite because they can express how I am feeling when I don’t know the right words to express myself. “We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. Historically, few scholars have been able to recognize genius in their own time. He loves blogging on a variety of writing and publishing topics, but he's most active with Poetic Asides and writes a column under the same name for Writer's Digest magazine. Here’s the link to the Goodreads giveaway to receive 5 autographed copies of Can You Catch My Flow? I’ve said it once before that poetry is a bridge. cummings) and to find voice, representation, community perhaps. Think of Dead Poet’s Society's scenes of red-cheeked lads standing on desks and reciting verse, … I would suggest that the subject of the poem should also be its aim. Her poetry portrays a range of topics from the pressures to conform to societal expectations, friendship, monarch butterflies, partying, insomnia, and the quest for peace…just to name a few. One of my favorite poets is Courtney Peppernell. In life, we build our purpose In strength, we build our wealth In death, we lose our breath. Poetry teaches us how to live. His Twitter handle is @Kingsfirstdream about the link between politics and poetry: Langston Hughes and MLK. It is like the torch that leads its … is now available and she stopped by to share why poetry is important to her and to give away her books (more details at the end of this post). An immediate path to becoming better people and being the change in the world. If you turn on the TV, you can probably see why. Alice: Another reference to society shaped by poetry comes from Walt Whitman in the essay Democratic Values, highlighted and quoted this year by Maria Popova at https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/02/24/walt-whitman-democratic-vistas/ : “Literature, Whitman argues, constructs the scaffolding of society’s values and ‘has become the only general means of morally influencing the world’ …its archetypal characters shape the moral character and political ideals of a culture. Alice, thank you so much for the beautiful post. He says that the term ‘function’ refers to ‘what a thing ought to do rather than what it does or has done’. I do read poetry sometimes because sometimes it expressed how I am feeling. Required fields are marked *. Including those who wrote the beautiful Book of Psalms. Yo at a better place. It is my antidote to despair, tiredness and loneliness; a thread that runs through my life. So perhaps there is no singular role for poetry. And thanks for stopping by. Using poetry at such times as funerals, weddings, romantic interludes, expressing sentiments to friend and family only serve the purpose making people believe the poet is merely a flattering synchophant or an overemotional needy weakling! a poetry chapbook and is a member of Write by the Rails. ' T.S. Your email address will not be published. Poetry can make us connect to moments that would otherwise quietly slip by us. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. For Hughes, this is the fundamental purpose of art, and, he points out, whenever an artist manages to capture the spirit of human experience in this way, we call it poetry. Yes, it’s mostly a ratings war that portrays the world we live in today as ugly, chaotic, violent and without mercy. But then a curious thing happened. As such, both the historic and current role of poets in society is to engage, to influence and to inspire readers with mastery of language as intertwined with ideas and emotions. It can be taught as part of reading, writing, and language lessons, and it fits easily into classroom themes, projects, and celebrations. She currently resides in Virginia with her husband and two children. Poetry’s strength lies in its ability to shed a “sideways” light on the world, so the truth sneaks up on you. … ‘At all times, perhaps, the central point in any nation, and that whence it is itself really sway’d the most, and whence it sways others, is its national literature, especially its archetypal poems.'”. Leading us away from hate to love, from violence to mercy and pity. You rock! And an anime, book and manga library, she’s looking to expand, one day adding an Asian drama DVD collection. Poetry connects … thoughts, images, feelings, people, places, things … poetry connects them all. Poetry has enlightened the path I used to envisage when I was younger, when I could barely showcase the elementary understandings, fundamental interpretations of subtle but absolute phenomenon hard to comprehend, hard to grasp. Where’s my Kindle? The purpose of poetry is to communicate an idea, a sentiment, a concept, etc. Poetry is important to the society for it represent the best form of our languages in written form. She later went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, from Franklin Pierce University, where she spent the next four years knee deep in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction workshops. This post includes five reasons to teach poetry in the classroom. It could be reading a poem a day; it could be taking a poetry workshop, it could be checking out a classic poetry collection from the library or it could be you attending a poetry reading at your local bookstore or coffee shop. He emphasized the importance of the poet in American society as critic, commentator, and "champion of the individual mind and sensibility." Poetry is a window on the world, our pathway to the color and the sound and the emotion, the sorrow and the joy, the pain and the exaltation of our existence. This was a beautiful post. Eliot Poetry, just as in other literature contributes a major role in the development of many aspects of life. In its immediacy, poetry is a counselor helping us to understand one another. the Poetry Foundation interviewed a few poets to probe their thoughts concerning the societal role of poetry. The importance of poetry in today’s literary society is substantially important because it has an ability to express the thoughts and emotions of a writer through flowing words. Rather, poetry is meant to be our companion throughout every stage of societal awareness. Poetry is indeed a counselor. Throughout history, poetry has been important because it gives us a historical representation of what previous generations found beautiful, important, or profound. Hi Doug, Yes! However, this is not to say the sole purpose of poetry is to serve as social commentary. Poetry is like the Windex on a grubby car window—it bares open the vulnerabilities of human beings so we can all relate to each other a little better. I also an a poet. The Beauty and Power of Classical Poetry. Another idea I find implicit in these statements is that, while poetry can be an effective means for bringing our attention towards and better conceptualizing injustices, it can also play a dual-role in helping us cope with such injustices. This is evidenced through poetry’s multi-faceted ability to inspire us to action, highlight a previously unknown narrative, make us think critically, or simply to allow us to feel our humanity. Poetry is a sensitive guide that escorts us in a profound consideration and penetration of the infinity of life. The Society of Classical Poets (SCP), part of a movement calling for the return of meter and rhyme in poetry, held a symposium in Manhattan on June 17. You’re so welcome, Lidy! Fortunately, there’s a 2,000-year-old answer. Poetry teaches us how to live. It is performed at events called poetry slams, or simply slams. Eliot in his critical essay “The Social Function of Poetry” aims to highlight the function of poetry in a society. I never write poetry. Ever since she was young, Lidy Wilks was often found completely submerged in the worlds of Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Sweet Valley High and Nancy Drew. a Rafflecopter giveaway. “Lidy’s poetry reveals an understanding that deep meaning can be felt in the details. Farewell. Andy Armitage is from West Yorkshire and completed his PhD ('Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath: The Birthday Letters Myth') at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in 2010. But in order to determine what poetry’s role in society is/should be, we first need to construct a working definition of what poetry is: “writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm.”. I highly doubt regular followers of this blog need any convincing that poetry is a valuable thing—I can’t imagine you’d be reading further if you thought otherwise! captures the everyday experiences of growing up. 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The mere fact that any person moving about the world can stumble upon your art and recognize something in it that reminds them of their own humanity; this act of reciprocal aesthetic experience enriching the lives of people alone makes creating art worthwhile for many artists of varying forms. Poetry is intensely valuable to me and it always has been. Like a good song that makes you yell out Encore!, a good poem … Poetry is so important because it helps us understand and appreciate the world around us. Exactly the same purpose underlies my flirtatious dalliance with religion, art and music. Slam poetry, a form of performance poetry that combines elements of performance, writing, competition, and audience participation. If you are a poetry advocate already, I hope you gain some additional insight and ideas to strengthen your program. That we’re living in a fractured world. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. Or Riesling wine. Take poetry into your heart to fan the fire there, and go and light your own fires. All the while eating milk chocolate and sipping a glass of Cabernet. Reading and writing poetry is the greater good. For example: as of 2015 only 5% of funding for Latinx and African-American arts organizations came from individual donations. Enjoy!”, How to Get a Copy of Lidy’s New Poetry Book, Lidy has a Rafflecopter giveaway for you! The speech was later published in The Atlantic. Literature is important to society because it reflects cultural values and serves as a tool for teaching those values to others. Since poetry is focused on relaying experience in a highly salient way, there is great potential for it to be utilized as a means to build empathy and bridge gaps of understanding between people who come from differing backgrounds. Is a coming of age, short poetry chapbook. Through literature, people can learn about specific periods in history and events that changed the world. I liken poetry to the air we breathe could not/would not want to live without it. Poetry may supply an essential element in man growth such as building fresh, articulate vocabulary and reasoning skills. Simply put, the poem's purpose is the reason why the author picked up the quill, pencil or pen or sat down at the keyboard in the first place. However, that doesn’t mean questioning the current role of poetry in society is a pointless endeavor. The point is, poetry is everywhere–YOU just have to find it! In Conversations on the Craft of Poetry (1961, poet Robert Frost said, “Poetry is what is lost in translation.”. And I suspect in essence poets (real poets) write poems for much the same reason. Helping us to realize that we’re not as different as we think. It was poetry that cleared a trail of a complex and unnecessary junction of smear ideas, thoughts that I had in mind. Rather, poetry is meant to be our companion throughout every stage of societal awareness. This is evidenced through poetry’s multi-faceted ability to inspire us to action, highlight a previously unknown narrative, make us think critically, or simply to allow us to feel our humanity. Whether a particular poem translates the human ephemeral phenomenological experience in general into words, or translates the experience of one group of people to another, one thing is for certain: poetry isn’t going away anytime soon. That’s what we do everyday, we grow up. Stephen Burt, poet and professor at Harvard University–and former Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards judge–explains: “Compared to the writing of poetry, few other human activities take place so widely, at least in America, absent even a tacit consensus as to why we do them, what good they do, [and] what function they serve.” Poet Daisy Fried expands upon the idea: “But politically-alert poetry is no more intrinsically useful than any other poetry…the kind of poetry written to make us feel better, for example” along with poet and professor Major Jackson: “The function of poetry is that it does not have any function beyond its own construction and being-in-the-world.”. Lidy continues her pursuit in writing more poetry collections and fantasy novels. It brought light upon it, a shining glamorous light that can solely be perceived, understood, and obtained through poetry. A very important reminder of how important poetry is. Whose benefits are the rebuilding and forging a more connected and caring world. Poetry - Poetry - Poetry and prose: People’s reason for wanting a definition is to take care of the borderline case, and this is what a definition, as if by definition, will not do. The analysis of this definition gives us the sense that the function of poetry is to ennoble the reader. Since its founding in 2012, the Society of Classical Poets has quickly grown, today having millions of online readers every year, Members around the world, an annual print Journal, multiple yearly contests, a … He's the author of Solving the World's Problems, Smash Poetry Journal, and The Complete Guide of Poetic Forms: 100+ Poetic Form Definitions and Examples for Poets. Poetry, if we let it and embrace it, can offer us a way to empathize with one another. You know how I’m a flag-waving advocate of poetry and I’m so thrilled to feature fellow poet Lidy Wilks on my blog today. Can You Catch My Flow? 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