So today I was thinking about poetry... why do we need poetry?...what exactly poetry does..what it can do....? Let me start out by saying that poetry is calming and soothing;It is therapy and it doesn't cost a thing! I love writing poetry and i love reading the poetry of others.I once read somewhere.."Poetry is just the evidence of life.If your life is burning well,poetry is just the ash." Well it sums up right there...But does it account for every single human...?
Poetry is a special kind of language.The office of poetry is not to make us think accurately, but feel truly. Poems are most often for peace, for kindness, beauty and all the other aspects of life. But what it does is that it puts light on the life..It gives us a chance to look at the life in a close shot. Poetry works against a systematization of knowledge. Poetry is reason beyond reason. Where philosophy gives room to desperation,poetry takes over thought. Poetry is the place of material imagination.As said "Matter is dreamed not perceived."
"A poet's work is to name the unnameable,to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep."
When it comes to pain...As poets we have to acknowledge pain,don't have to look away from suffering. Well here is the plain truth, Jim Morrison once said, "Pain is meant to wake us up." People try to hide their pain. But they are wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio.You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It's all in how you carry it.
All the great cultures have revered poets — the Greeks, the British, the French, the countries of the Far East. In the Latin American cultures poetry is deeply intertwined with people’s lives. Little children love poetry. Its rhythm helps ease them into the world. Lovers’ emotions find expression in poetry. The bereaved often let poetry in, because it can say what mostly cannot be said.
We don't need to read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race.And the human race is filled with passion.
And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, love, spirituality, these are what we stay alive for.Reading poetry can ease you into the life.Just give a shot even if you can't understand those words..eventually you would start to love it.
So Let a little poetry in your life!
David Carradine once said..."If you cannot be a poet, be the poem".......