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Modern Poetry

September 3, 2009
By JenniferB. SILVER, Harvey, Louisiana
JenniferB. SILVER, Harvey, Louisiana
6 articles 0 photos 88 comments

What is poetry?
Is it a medium that everyone can tap into, I don't think so
So does my poetry have to be sad or about something so tragic to be good or do I have to use metaphors that no one understands to be deep

That stuff is whack
so just let me do me
I thought poetry was something you use to release feelings
but these days poetry seems to have to entertain people
So I'll stick to my simple writing it's real

If my poetry has to live up to those standards poetry isn't poetry
Poetry is suppose to be a rythmic balance of one's mind, thought, point of view, and ideas
What ever that person feels not all the thought put into perfection of presentation

The author's comments:
This peice about how some poets validat and critique poetry to a certain way.

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on Apr. 22 2014 at 7:36 am
TanazMasaba GOLD, Dhaka, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's Heaven on Earth."

---William W. Purkey

I always write what I feel, whether its poetry or an article. And if it sounds deppressing to someone else well its not my fault, cause words are my outlet and we need an outlet esp when we feel down. So I agree with you. I'd rather whats real than whats not.

KatsK DIAMOND said...
on Mar. 10 2012 at 10:05 pm
KatsK DIAMOND, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
Being inexhaustible, life and nature are a constant stimulus for a creative mind.
~Hans Hofmann
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
~Ray Bradbury

I think that this is very accurate, and a lot of people feel this way, which is all that really matters. I agree with Spring Rayyn, and think that it dpends on your perspective. Have you guys read bassoonkelly's poems? one of hers is about popsicles-- and it's really good. No, you don't have to use fancy language, or you can, depending on your style. Personally, I like to, but it's all up to you. By the way, I wrote a poem about a squirrel a few months ago. It wasn't very good though.

on Apr. 25 2011 at 9:41 pm
JenniferB. SILVER, Harvey, Louisiana
6 articles 0 photos 88 comments
Thankyou for your comment & you relating to my peice

on Apr. 25 2011 at 9:37 pm
JenniferB. SILVER, Harvey, Louisiana
6 articles 0 photos 88 comments
yep, thanx 4 ur comment

on Apr. 22 2011 at 5:31 pm
ShontelleSymone GOLD, New Castle, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Are you chasing your dreams? Or are your dreams chasing you?" - Michelle Phan

As someone who has written a lot of poetry, I will say that you do not need metaphors no one understands or to talk about something tragic. I write about what inspires me. If I see something or someone and I like them or their personality, I'll use them as a muse. I think that the idea of poetry being absurd and too deep is just a stereotype. In my opinion, poetry is just expressing your opinion.

on Mar. 24 2011 at 8:03 pm
SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
34 articles 2 photos 658 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't punish yourself," she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness too. That was writing."
--Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief"

I totally agree! I know someone who wrote a poem about hairspray. C: There doesn't need to be metaphors everywhere, but some poets draw metaphors naturally. I seem to do that somehow. But you could also just write a poem about a squirrel or something and people will over-examine it anyway.

on Feb. 11 2011 at 3:48 pm
JenniferB. SILVER, Harvey, Louisiana
6 articles 0 photos 88 comments
thanks for commenting

on Feb. 8 2011 at 3:34 pm
da1sygirl SILVER, Delmar, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can do anything." -Foka Gomez

I totally agree with everything in that article. I have to do a poetry unit in school, and I don't really think your poems need fancy metaphors if you don't want. Keep writing!

on Aug. 16 2010 at 11:36 pm
Whiitake BRONZE, Cape Coral, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
All is fair in love and war but this is a revolution - Fred Astaire

I agree! The poetry that I'm forced to read in school is just awful! I feel like I'd have to know the poet to understand anything.

on Aug. 16 2010 at 5:35 pm
JenniferB. SILVER, Harvey, Louisiana
6 articles 0 photos 88 comments
thanks for your comment

on Aug. 16 2010 at 12:10 pm
thebushhippie PLATINUM, Sandown, New Hampshire
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Favorite Quote:
Leave behind your own footprints! :0)

I totally agree! I like to write poetry but most of the time it doesn't seem to be really deep or anything, but that's okay. You should write more poetry! I bet a lot of us would really enjoy reading it, me included! Great job!

on Apr. 28 2010 at 3:00 pm
MarinaOreo GOLD, King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Your soul is the whole world" -Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Not at all! A poem can be a way to release feelings, that's what I do. I'm a poet and whatever you write and if you feel it, then it's a poem and if it makes you happy then who cares what other people say what it is and isn't.

JackXD SILVER said...
on Oct. 7 2009 at 3:40 pm
JackXD SILVER, Houston, Texas
9 articles 15 photos 64 comments

Favorite Quote:
this may not be a quote but i really love the lyrics-Trust in me the way I trusted you I know we could have done this together If you believed in me like I believed in you My heart would be forever in your hands-all that remains-forever in your hands

so true and good! i really like your style of writing. its good and true, people have to appriciate every poem and every poem has a unique form that makes it good, like there is no right or wrong poem all are good. i like it very much!

on Sep. 19 2009 at 8:44 am
cheyenneduhon PLATINUM, Lumberton, Texas
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i really like this one!!!!!!

on Sep. 17 2009 at 6:04 pm
Keep it up girl!