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.


So with this in mind, I thought I would share some of my favourite poets and works of poetry.

FAVOURITE POET

Dorothy Parker – hands down.

Parker’s style is just so sarcastic yet devastating. She will offhandedly and often slyly comment on something all the while pointing out the emotional and unfair core of an issue. Alot of the time she will capture a moment about being a woman, the poem itself will be kind of funny but often she ends with a final kick to point out the true injustice.


FAVOURITE POEM

Honestly, I’m not able to narrow it down, so head over and check out my Five Poems That Changed My Life posts, because they are all poems that I absolutely love.


FAVOURITE BOOK OF POETRY

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Small dreams of Scorpions by Spike Milligan

The book itself is very small but it packs quite an emotional punch. As it often the way, Milligan (who was a comedian and actor) battled with depression and this book offers some very hard hitting poems concerning his turmoil.

Coupled with some illustrations the book is full of often difficult emotions. Stand out poems in the book are OberonValues ’67Manic Depression, and Love Song.


Favourite Styles

LIST POEMS

I talked a bit about my love for list poetry in Day 4 of my feature Five Poems that Have Changed My Life. I find the repetition and open possibilities of list poems incredibly freeing. It is always fun reading list poems and seeing where the poet takes you.

PANTOUM POEMS
Pantoum

I have this weakness for pantoum poems. Pantoums are quite difficult to write (trust me I’ve tried multiple times and only twice successfully) because there is a very strict form to follow.

The poems basic structure is that each quatrain has four lines and they follow an abab rhyming structure. Pantoums can be any length, however they must always begin and end with the same line. The below image explains the structure that pantoums must follow. It may seem strange but after reading a pantoum, you do get a sense of the rhythm and effect of the poems.

If you’re interested in reading more about the pantoum structure check out this link. If you’re after some examples of pantoums check out this link. One that I really enjoy is, Another Lullaby for Insomniacs by A. E. Stallings.

DOGGERAL POEMS

Doggeral poetry are defined by their badness. Typically the poems are filled with cliches, terrible rhyming choices, and irregular meters – they also are unintentionally hilarious. For the most famous doggeral poem check out William McGonagall’s The Tay Bridge Disaster.


Favourite Poetry Quotes

BY POET

‘I hate writing, I love having written.’ – Dorothy Parker.

ABOUT POETRY

‘Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.’ – Douglas Adams.


If you want to see more of my posts about poetry check out my below posts!

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.