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Why Should We Study Poetry

By TanCMoore1 May 06, 2013 730 Words
Poetry to my opinion is emotional and boring. So it leaves me with one question; that why should we study poetry at all? I think I know just the right words to answer it. Poetry is a voice given to each one of us in our life time. It can be a roar, a scream or even a whisper. This voice can be used to express a variety of things. Often, people use poetry to express how they feel when they are misunderstood. Writing your feelings down in the form of poetry allows you be seen through the eyes of another person, and this is why poetry is important to me.

Poetry is a bond, a bond of empathy between the writer and the reader; it has emotions and connects the writer and the reader. Cause these poems have been written by people to express their emotion that they normally would have to hide from the world. A poem allows you to see beyond the surface. Sometimes this is done through metaphors or other abstract ways which cause you to think really hard. For example in olden times during the struggle of the common people, who were being treated like dirt poetry was a gift they had through which they could express their thoughts which led to a revolt and people came to a common understanding. During that time people used to write poems anonymously because there was this scare within every poet to be caught. Once such anonymous poem written in those times was “YOUNG, GIFTED BUT BLACK”, the poet wrote:

When Mebula Ramsandra, Was three years old
His mother told him, that if he wanted
To be a big strong man
He 'd have to drink all his milk ---
And he did.
When Mebula Ramsandra
Was five years old
His teacher told him
That if he wanted
To go to a grammar school1
He 'd have to try harder with his homework ---
And he did.
When Mebula Ramsandra
Was fifteen years old
His lecturer told him
That if he wanted to be a lab technician
He 'd have to go to University ---
And he did.
So ten years later
When Mebula Ramsandra
Was twenty-five years old
A big, strong, clever, educated postgraduate -----
The man on the other end of the telephone said
If he wanted to work for him,
He 'd have to be big, strong, clever, educated postgraduate ----- and White

Other than that poetry is also a form of art, a picture painted on a canvas as vast as the mind itself. Many of us think of it as useless and just plain. But I feel unlike the other art forms, poerty has an extra dimension to it “an unseen emotion”. One can only understand the pain when they see it through the poet’s eyes but at the same time it allows you to have your own interpretations. Such an example was seen in ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON poem in” Break Break Break” which he wrote in the memory of his dead friend.

Break, break, break On thy cold gray stones, O Sea And I would that my tongue could utter

The thoughts that arise in me.

O, well for the fisherman's boy,
That he shouts with his sister at play!
O, well for the sailor lad,
That he sings in his boat on the bay!

And the stately ships go on
To their haven under the hill;
But O for the touch of a vanish'd hand,
And the sound of a voice that is still!

Break, break, break
At the foot of thy crags, O Sea!
But the tender grace of a day that is dead
Will never come back to me.

So I conclude by saying that Poetry is important because it gives some people who think of life more symbolically and meaningfully, the ability to express themselves. Poetry normally has many ranges. From humorousness to the serious struggles of human beings, it totally depends upon the author's mode of expression. I know that because I write poetry to express things that I could not express even though I wanted to. So if you're reading other’s poetry, it's important that you try and feel what the author is trying to convey so you can connect to the poet and understand the poetry. And believe me after doing that poetry is not boring at all.

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