When most people hear a well-performed poem nowadays, it usually seems to awaken a strong emotional response within them. The reaction for most listeners is usually a pleasant one, bringing back some long-lost memory of better days or pleasant, romantic trysts. Many even relate to it as they might do to “rap” music. Yet, few people give thought to poetry as a bonafide art form; one requiring an effective use of words and uncommon mastery of language.
Poetry – the Universal Language of Love From the heart
Consciously, poetry has been universally accepted as the official language of Love, a highly volatile and illogical condition when the heart is in a state of flux and anything is mentally possible. Poetry is the only medium that has stood the test of time in making conventional sense of an emotion that everyone understands in a very personal way. Put another way, it can be said that poetry is the only language that can make conventional sense of a very unconventional situation, and has done so since the dawn of human society. Yet, this amazing talent is yet to be given its true recognition for its outstanding role in human society. Poetry is the only effective method of expression for love from the heart known to humanity despite our mind-boggling rate of technological evolution. To this day, no-one has come up with a replacement for the humble poem.
What Makes All Poetry so Remarkable
If we ponder on what makes all poetry so remarkable, we shall arrive at a few absolutely stunning conclusions. All poetry and poets, have one thing in common. That is the ability to use common words in uncommon ways and still make complete sense. The fewer words used to express an idea, the better. Poets, and poetry, have the uncanny ability to compress vast ideas into extremely limited spaces and still capture the entire scope of the views intended. Poetry has the knack of jerking at hidden emotions and exposing them to the world unapologetically regardless of one’s social rank or status. Poets see the world differently from other people. They can use all the words of the intended language to express whatever they see and feel effectively. In contrast, most people can only express their vision in words; their emotions are beyond their verbal limits. One only has to mention William Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg, and others, to drive home the veracity of this argument. Audiences today still pay rapt attention while voraciously devouring Shakespeare’s masterful emotional depictions of scenes of an era long past. These, and numerous other reasons, put poetry in an indefinable league of its own.
So Why the need for Poetry Foundations?
Unfortunately, human history is littered with the carcasses and bones of cultural trends and practices long dead. Some died naturally, others were deliberately made extinct. In every period, the poet was at the forefront of the erupting social revolutions. That left every poet and wannabe with a target on both front and back. In modern times, we have witnessed the anti-Vietnam protests, the “rap-music” struggles and the Syrian, Turkish and Palestinian cries for survival, amongst others. In every case, the poet has been highly vocal in interpreting the poignant issues affecting the people and is frequently under attack by the keepers of the status quo. Unless some institution is erected to provide some minimal protections against extinction, poets may soon go the way of the dinosaurs. Despite their contrived definitions and illogical distinctions of poetry, poetry foundations serve the purpose, for now.
The Role Of Poetry Contests In Preserving Poetry
Throughout recorded history, the poet influenced human development in one form or another. It was the poet who recited to citizens the heroic deeds of brave and decorated soldiers during battles and historic events. It was the poet who sang the praises of the kings and kingdoms of medieval society. Albeit, some stories were romanticized, but they kept the society humming along. Poetry contests allowed unknowns to arise and seek their earned places in every society and keep their histories alive for their descendants. The pen, it is said, is mightier than the sword, and poetry’s history can prove that. Somewhere in the murky regions of the French Revolution, there must have been some outspoken poet utilizing his language skills to clarify pertinent issues and bolster flagging spirits of would-be revolutionaries. In contemporary society. Poetry contests serve identical purposes. The political elite uses today’s poets and songsters to influence the society to accept or reject certain unwanted ideas and behavior, enabling the security forces to perform more accepted acts of “national” importance. The more radical poets today are blanketed and shrouded with money, thus alienating them from the masses and making them easier to control. But, thanks to technology today, it is easier to spread the poet’s influence to every part of the globe, requiring the paranoid politicals to employ more and more sophisticated technological equipment to protect their status quo. As such, nobody knows how influential today’s poets are. By keeping an eye on poetry contests, those more influentially threatening can be easily determined and marked for control should the need arise.
Is Poetry Still the language of Love?
Every coin has two sides. Poetry is no different. It’s still the undisputed language of the love-lorn heart. Poetry today, like yesterday, still continues to conquer hearts and minds; it mends fences, consoles the inconsolable, and opens the tired eye for that final glimpse that reveals a future heretofore unseen. Poetry is the undeniable language of romance and, skillfully used, can soften the hardest of hearts. Every day, thousands of gifted people discover that they have the gift of gab and begin honing their language skills. They come in all sizes and ages to worship at the feet of the fabled Pan, who acknowledges each new recruit with a blast of his fabled flute. Their poetic styles and meters are as varied as their humanity. And with each note, burned into their hearts, they add their voices to the din of the clamoring multitude, until some day when we shall be able to tell them apart. Till then, the mystery of poetry continues.
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