The simple answer is yes, yes we are.
Well for better phrasing, I am. And looking around at my friends and family, a lot of others are as well.
Let me explain.
When I dipped my feet into the crazy world of poetry I never knew what I was getting into. It’s funny; if you mentioned or even uttered the words from a poem my mind would have automatically presumed it was a piece by Shakespeare and who can blame me? That’s all I see plastered within schools and textbooks. Well, that’s from what I can remember any way.
That really shows you something, doesn’t it?
The amount of time I spent at school studying in my English class and the only poetry I can recall is the works of Shakespeare. But in reality, there’s a whole other world of poetry out there, filled with fantastic artists who don’t get the limelight they deserve.
Okay, I went off on a little tangent there however it’s all intertwined. Stick with me.
Poetry to my youth of today is boring. Plain, bland and a whole other host of words that represent the meaning of dull. When you put it into perspective you have ‘superstars’ and ‘icons’ in all aspects of life;
The list goes on, and most people who fit into these categories they are all currently relevant. They are on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook etc, etc.
Now, name me a poet who’s on such a huge platform.
I could be making a huge mistake by saying that however over here in the UK I can’t think of any. Maybe I just haven’t looked hard enough, but in reality, how many poets take the centre stage on TV?
So, does this lead to bigger questions?
Does anyone really care about poetry anymore?
And has it become a thing of the past?
These questions are tough to answer, and I couldn’t give you a definitive yes or no. But it’s definitely not dead, yet. Take myself for example: I never cared for poetry, I once thought it was old and boring plus I presumed everything was done by Shakespeare. Now, I know multiple poets, read their works and find an understanding within certain pieces. It was all about learning. Instead of spewing out the same old text to pupils there needs to be a more diverse range of poetry being explored.
I don’t think a lot of people realise how relatable some poems can be, or how therapeutic it can be. I’ve read countless stories of how people are suffering from depression, social anxiety or day to day negativity and they decided to use poetry as a way out. It helps relieve that tension and stress that’s been built up.
Now to some it’s regarded as ‘shit’ but to others it’s relatable. And that’s what isn’t being taught, it’s not all Shakespeare, it’s pieces of work that you can take with you throughout all aspects of life, and just sit with them in the back of your mind. Once you understand poetry it’s like a gateway into another world.
My last few thoughts before I ask for yours:
I think there’s this stigma placed upon poetry that makes young people perceive it to be for the intelligent, elite and educated. It’s not relevant within our culture, I think if there is that one ‘icon’ who is relevant to the public eye and is able to educate the youth (like myself) or in fact anyone of all ages – poetry would be more respected and relatable. People would write and relieve stress and tension within themselves (like I once did) all through the use of poetry.
I think the other problem is poetry has been bundled into one genre, but in reality there are many more sub-sections of poetry to explore. It’s all about digging into the different sub-genres and finding that one section that’s just for you.
So, what are your thoughts?
- Are young people disinterested with poetry?
- Does anyone really care about poetry anymore?
- Has it become a thing of the past?
I hope you enjoy your day/week!