Poets have, since the beginning of written accounts, used poetry to express experience and conjecture.
Philosophy used lyric prose to delve into matters of the mind, with its logic and debate. Epic poems called to the heart of the listener. Heroes fought at the behest of the gods. The gods battled with intrigue and assault amongst themselves, always for power. Yet always, these long verses meant only to explain the myriad experiences of the people.
Later writers used their own life events and perceptions to draft social commentary in metaphor and simile. Tennyson, Byron, Burne, and Shakespeare spoke to the people of current events; focussing on those events with indirect lenses, thinly veiled spotlights on happenings that affected all.
Poetic form continues to shift into shapes unseen yesterday. Rhyming schemes, rhythm patterns, syllabic choices, etc. flow as a river of words, ever meandering across the landscape of today’s burgeoning industry. More people are adding their voices to those who came before. More memories, life events, become poems to open communications or to shine a light into shadowed corners.
I invite you all to stop by Claudsy’s Blog today to see what life event I chose to satisfy the Poetic Asides challenge. Leave a comment. Let me know if you liked it.
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