World Poetry Day

The 21st of March is marked by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation as World Poetry Day. On this day, the UNESCO recognises the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.

Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.

Taken from the UNESCO’s Poetry Day website

For the longest time I have been a huge advocate of the power of poetry and all the ways it can emotionally affect a persons life. Poetry has the power to move people; it can speak to us, can convey emotions, and make us feel.

Poetry has the power to change people; it can make us see things differently, change how we feel, and force us to confront emotions. So regardless of how you feel about poetry, whether you think its frivolous, tough to understand, or an amazing way of communicating human emotions, it can have a lasting effect on readers.

Poetry has power.

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Lang Leav’s Love & Misadventure

lovemisLove & Misadventure by Lang Leav is a beautiful book full of bittersweet and lovely poetry. The focus of this collection is on, as the title suggests, love and all the emotions that come with it.  Separated thematically, the book is divided into three distinct parts, these sections are separated as ‘misadventure,’ ‘circus of sorrows’ and ‘love.’

The feelings that are evoked when reading this book are ones of a journey. Not just one in search of love or through relationships but one as a whole. Readers are taken on an emotional journey through heartbreak until the final section in which true happiness is seemingly discovered. Throughout this book I felt a connection to the poems and with each new page I experienced rather than read the emotions.

Despite a good section of this collection being dedicated to heartache and misadventure, there is no overlying feeling of melancholy. Rather, readers are given the feeling of hope; that despite the pain felt, nothing was wasted, no moment felt in vain.

The simplicity of Leav’s work is what makes this collection such a pleasure to read. Stand out poems for me are ‘Just Friends,’ ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Three Questions’ which are all very beautiful yet are all very different. The differences can be seen in the form of the poems. Where some poems are written as prose poems, others are open verse with many different structures.  The sheer read-alibility coupled with the universal nature of love and heartache are no doubt what has made this book such a best seller.

Love & Misadventure is a relatively short book. Each poem is featured on its own page and the flow of the book is one that will see you easily moving from one poem to the next. If you only read one poetry book this year, Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav comes very highly recommended.