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Sat, May. 13th, 2006 07:36 pm
Is Poetry Dead? *

Poetry is expression based on ideas common to human experience. Poets of antiquity had all of nature to relate their lives to. For them, the world was still full of mystery and uncertainty. In today's modern world, we've lost our relationship to things poetic. Poets of our age are resigned to using antiquated metaphors, which no longer apply to our time. There's very little mystery left in our world from which to draw from. Poetry is dying in a wave of cliché catch-phrases and symbolisms. All that seems to be left is a sort of rambling on in slightly off-kilter speech. We no longer draw from the outside world, but from our own humanity. We've, once again, placed ourselves at the center of the universe and drawn our maps to put us at the top of the world.

* - Disclaimer: Please note that this is a work of poetry in of itself.

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The Childlike Empress
Sun, May. 14th, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)

Having read a whole lot of fantastic poetry lately, written within the last few years if not the last few months, I think this post is inspired by a lack of contact with a genuine souce of good literary efforts.

Poetry, by its very nature, is more difficult than almost any other form of writing, and a great deal of poetic crap has been produced in any age. The romantics wrote long essays about cliche catch-prhases and symbolisms long before you did, and then went on to disprove it spectacularly.

And I'm sorry, but I must say that to imply that there is no longer mystery in the world strikes me as absurd - and this comes from me, probably one of the most avid followers of science on your list - and to imply that there is something wrong with writing poetry about human feeling is comical. Poetry has been fairly human-centric since the dawn of time, with a few eras striving to do it differently and always returning.

Please, find some good poetry before declaring an entire art form dead!

Kenneth Edward Keyn
Sun, May. 14th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)

No worries. Ironically, this was a poem. I know better than to assume poetry is actually dead.

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