Poetry is a subjective creative art form. At least that is what I remember from my creative writing instructor back in college (ahem, a long time ago). I recall studying poetry and various poets and being asked what it means. That is difficult to put in words sometimes, especially if you don’t relate to a poem or the poem style is confusing to you. Not all poems are equal and on the same train of thought, not all poets are equal either. It’s all about relation and how the words or subject matter move you or make you feel, poetry is personal. Poetry often brings a few assumptions:
- A poem is to be read and understood for its “message”.
- The “message” is often “hidden” in the poem.
- The words of the poem are symbols which may stand for something else entirely versus the word definition.
- You need to decipher the poem, word for word, to appreciate and enjoy the poem.
Guess what only a few of these assumptions is true in any one poem. Not all poetry has a hidden meaning. Most poets like to use sound of a language or offer an emotional insight by description. There are so many ways to read and enjoy poetry, and this is reflected mostly by the different styles and objectives of the poets themselves. I proposed you don’t examine the poetry by dissection, as much as, you enjoy what you do understand and what moves you.
Does that mean that poets are exceptionally deep thinkers and creative individuals? How do they carry this word and art form, such that it leaves others inspired, breathless or in awe? Not sure I hold the answer to those questions, but I like to think I’m a writer who enjoys dabbling in poetry. I don’t feel like I can call myself a poet yet, but I certainly enjoy it; reading and writing it. For me poetry is a quick story with depth of few words with incomplete sentence structure. I love the visual grabs, the direct meanings that teeter on the edge of the hidden. The words that melt your soul in submission of an experience you can relate to that brings about an emotion. I am one who needs that immediate gratification in a poem. If I’m reading an anthology, I’ll spend more time in review and reflection.
April is National Poetry Month. Enjoy some poetry by writing or reading. Below are a few bloggers that I follow and find exceptionally talented, see if they spark for you too. Oh and check out some of my poetry as well. 🙂 Happy National Poetry Month!
Shawn L Bird
Writings From Dr. Ollie’s Pond
Wuji Seshat Nibada The Poetry Addict
Tea and Paper
The Sixpence at Her Feet
Keith Garrett Poetry
Jessica Torres Your Majessty
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Cassie’s Tip: For those who want to dabble…there is an app called Creative Writer (Dating Edition) that I have on my iphone/ipad that I use for poetry (not dating). Just something about it and when I’m stuck with finding that perfect word, it provides suggestions to me. Also an app at your hand when-ever your moved – it’s very convenient.