What does poetry mean to you?

On March 21 is the World Poetry Day. The most common when thinking of poetry is to relate to poetry written by poets. But there is so much more that is also included within poetry: lyrics, messages people write to each other, poetry slam etcetera.

Rebecca Davis, editor at Greenwillow/HarperCollins think that: “a good poem makes me see something in a new way. It’s fresh and eye-opening. And it’s also compact and intense. One of my favorite quotes about poetry is this one from Arnold Adoff: ‘I really want a poem to sprout roses and spit bullets; this is the ideal combination…'”.

Something that is good with poetry is that it takes almost no time to read and it is still challenging for the mind  with its different appearances, ambiguity, search for something new. Therefore poetry creates a flexibility in both the reader and the writer. That could be one of the reasons why it is used for peace purposes. Below you could find a film clip produced by Search for common ground, an international peace building organization: 

You can often return to and discover new things within a poem. Reading it in new ways. Poetry can range from being very simple to pass on “truths” about life and the “core” of different cultures. It often ignites something deep within us – because it is the oldest form of literature, derived from the oral tradition that is based on it to be passed.

Have we come so much further in our literary tradition than the ancient Greeks? In a way we have that because of the development of the written culture and the art of printing etctera, but the oral tradition of poetry lives on. At least through our listening to rap, poetry slam, spoken word and more.

Something special for poetry is that it is difficult to translate (because it is based on experimentation with language). Therefore, one can also during World Poetry Day take the opportunity to celebrate poetry in different languages – the diversity of languages.

Here are some book recommendations on books in poetry:

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