sitting beside him who loves baseball…”, This he characterizes as worse than the first poem (“not much worse,” though), but I don’t quite understand where this ranking is coming from, given that he follows up with, “More is going on in her language, actually. It invites us to laugh, reflect, cry, strive, persevere. Therefore, thy wine is the pure wine, thy heart the recess of light and thy brow radiant with love. – John Wain. In all types of writing, though, imagery generally serves the same purpose: It makes words come alive. But basing a half-baked critique of it based on just personal dislike without any real understanding of the context and the field as a whole is nothing but hackery. Ouch. – Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha, Volume 2, p. 403. Poetry is a unique probe and mirror of humanity—encompassing the humorous and the serious, the ideal and the real, the feeling and the meaning and the understanding of life. Speaking of all the arts, after advising they are “a gift of the Holy Spirit, Abdu’l-Baha said: These gifts are fulfilling their highest purpose, when showing forth the praise of God. Reading poetry and or writing poetry can drastically improve your life, because it has improved mine. May 1, 2020 - POETRY: Basically many people write poetry because of there interests but I write poetry because poetry is love for me. How can they best reach you? These assume that the wonderfulness or funniness reside completely in the poem or joke and ignore the question, “Wonderful to who?”, If someone tells a joke and most of the people laugh, but a handful say, “That’s not funny,” who’s right? that’s MY writin, me and joannie! The purpose of the graph is to convey information and when it does this extremely well it is, arguably, “wonderful”. stuffed with unemployment forms, than the 4th ed., revised? – Edith Sitwell, Rhyme and Reason, When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. If some song lyrics qualify as poetry, then maybe, as this article argues, “Americans Have Never Loved Poetry More”: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/29/americans-have-never-loved-poetry-more-but-they-call-it-rap.html. The greatest reason to write poetry is because it will make all of your writing better. I’m pretty sure that, for almost any major poet, you could without much difficulty find passages that, if shown to me in isolation, would not sparkle and could indeed look a bit like hackwork. – Michael J. Bugeja, The Art and Craft of Poetry, A poem should not mean, but be. Examples include the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Vedas (sacred texts of Hinduism). Chiasmus appears in all forms of writing, from novels to speeches to song lyrics to theatrical scenes. The oldest written manuscripts we have are poems, mostly epic poems telling the stories of ancient mythology. So I will accept (until convinced otherwise) that these poets are indeed mediocre. By Colin West The author’s purpose is to write a humorous poem about the purpose of skin. Why read a poem, gaze at a painting or sculpture, listen to a moving melody? Writing poetry is a way to grow emotionally and intellectually, as language articulates and frames experience symbolically. It says: care, grow, develop, adapt, overcome, nurture, protect, foster, cherish. we visitin old Ray -yeah With the help of a structured program, poetry can help people who have poor cognitive skills or people who have serious emotional difficulties. Or at least prose poetry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prose_poetry). Writing love poems and quotes is a real and definite accomplishment. Narration means the art of storytelling, and the purpose of narrative writing is to tell stories. If the people of the world were fair in judgement, the sweetness of thy poem should be a sufficient proof. (I’m inclined to say that this is what we mean when we deride a poem for being “sentimental”. “The purpose of a poem is to be wonderful.” That seems like a reasonable statement, no? Whether one is highly or minimally educated, literate or illiterate, poetry can affect them: Even beginning readers can know if a poem appeals to them…because it enables them … want ads, old utility bills, she seemed nice. – Herbert Ravetch, The Meaning of Life Through Poetry, Poetry, like all art, has a message for us. I also think that’s why many people turn to song lyrics for their poetry fix. Poetry is concise and impactful — it uses strong language , and no more words than are necessary. This particular stanza sums up any effort that takes enormous work to produce small things of great value. What is the purpose of the author in writing the poetry? The something interesting that I found was a post by Jonathan Mayhew about someone who’s the poet laureate of North Carolina. Engaging with literature (and all kinds of art) helped me craft a life that I find meaningful and worth living. I don’ t mean poems should make us happier, but that they should make us better able to feel emotions, which can be difficult. Say Blake is crazy and you get a D And the same is true of bad poetry. I still don’t like Elizabeth Bishop, though Your message was successfully sent to BahaiTeachings.org. poetry. Some poems, such as nursery rhymes, are simple and humorous.Other poems may try to express some truth about life, to tell a story, or to honor a person or a god. Exactly the same purpose underlies my flirtatious dalliance with religion, art and music. It says: achieve your full humanness. Get in touch with the Baha’is in your community. What Is the Purpose of a Quatrain in Poetry? The purpose of my poetry (or prose, if you insist) is to help me understand the world and my place in it. Alongside the smoldering heap of waste.” OK, let me be clear here. they took what I wrote 2) Share the impression of what has been read with people who are far away. -Vladimir Mayakovsky, Talking with the Taxman about Poetry (1926), Well I caint b’lieve up yar After all, When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. "Love is heaven’s kindly light... Love is the on, The happiness of mankind will be realized when wom, Masud Olufani welcomes his father for a conversati, Love gives life to the lifeless. And the answer to the “who’s right” question – whether given by those who prefer Berryman or those who prefer McKuen – is usually is an elaborate form of “me and people like me.”. 3) Go deeper in … Now, obviously all this sort of complaining is “elitist”. They make me think and smile at the same time. – John Keats, Letter to J. H. Reynolds, February 3, 1818, The poet speaks to all men of that other life of theirs that they have smothered and forgotten. Likewise, the purpose of a poem is to present emotion. Poetry can teach writing and grammar conventions by showing what happens when poets strip them away or pervert them for effect. I have no problem giving Mayhew the benefit of the doubt, I’ll assume he read a bit by each of them and with these excerpts is giving something of a true sense of these poems’ style and content. 1 See answer yhumjisoy yhumjisoy Answer: An author's purpose is his reason for or intent in writing. The poem's meaning, on the other hand, is its message to an individual or collective readership. Quatrains are a popular form of verse in poetry because of the following characteristics: Length. a tour, bend shrubs–got poison ivy to prove it As is often the case, I’m on the blog to procrastinate: in this case, my colleagues and I are preparing a new course and there’s tons of important work to be done. Well, that’s actually a category mistake. Writing poetry uses a cognitive function which in turn greatly improves cognitive skills. I’m not trying to get all contrarian on you and praise these two poets. I don’t get some modern paintings. And to a nine-year-old boy of Hamadan, Persia, by the name of Issac: O thou who art sweet tongued! I was about 15 years old when i met with the friend of father and his daughter. For example, did she want to inspire, entertain or teach? 57-58. It typically provokes in the reader an intense emotion: joy, sorrow, anger, catharsis, love, etc. Just think of amount of code needed to be written to manage and analyze data to create some summary measure. It should make you want to remember, recite, and share it. pokey Welcoming Center. For me, almost nothing that T.S. hah! http://www.loweringthebar.net/official-state-crap/. Mayakovsky’s “Taking with the taxman about poetry” always seems appropriate as it expresses the futility in creating “value” to validate one’s trade. What you and Jonathan complain about is the effect that poor presentation might have on untrained minds, who will allow their vision/feeling to be informed by it. Writing poetry is also a natural process, serving people’s innate need to explain themselves and their lives in the world (a desire that is particularly strong during adolescence). According to Horace, “The aim of the poet is to inform or delight, or to combine together, in what he says, both pleasure and applicability to life.” So a poem should provide both insight and awe. My feet are far too short And long. That’s why most of us don’t enjoy or pay attention to their work. Insides 7. Huh? I’ll first copy what he wrote and then give my reflections. “I had no idea that an individual state would have a poet laureate but it seems like a good idea, a quite reasonable nearly cost-free thing to do, indeed it would be cool to have all sorts of official state art.”, Only tangential to the point of this post, I know, but all I could think when reading this was: Andrew Gelman, meet Kevin Underhill. A poem is a sort of song without music and, as such can have many different purposes. North Carolina’s poet laureate can’t do any damage to Jonathan Mayhew’s capacity to feel. I’m getting tired of reading comments on economics and empiricism and so I scooted over to Basbøll’s blog and kicked off a brief comment thread about the academic entertainer Slavoj Zizek. What is the purpose of the author in writing the poetry 1 See answer pdcp042402 pdcp042402 Explanation: to be feel what the author is feeling and also to give the message of it. maps Poetry is written for the enjoyment, self-growth and fulfillment of the poet. But it’s still bad, i.e., less than wonderful. 7 Author’s Purpose: Be Descriptive “My nose is blue, My teeth are green, My face is like a soup tureen. ... but most do. And I suspect in essence poets (real poets) write poems for much the same reason. What happened is that Mayhew quoted a couple of mediocre passages from poems by two of North Carolina’s poet laureates (apparently they just had a changing of the guard). Good post. – Myra Cohn Livingston, in an interview with Michael Cart, Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement. It’s easy enough to look at the current literary landscape and say there’s no point to practicing these old forms. Great post. – Christopher Fry, Time, April 3, 1950, Like the onion, poetry is a constant discovery. It says: your reality is spiritual. It is a story how i started writing and how i become poet. I think the purpose of a novel is to be wonderful too. The badness of each presentation is immediately apparent to your expert eyes. Check your email for the latest from BahaiTeachings.org, It is as unseeing to ask what is the use of poetry as it would be to ask what is the use of religion. FYI, Billy Bragg ripped him off. I’ve learned a whole lot about myself from reading literature. wrong Why we try to communicate employing verses if we can directly express our ideas with the use of direct language? To put you in touch with a Baha’i in your area who can answer your questions, we would like to kindly ask for a few details about yourself. So when he runs into a bad poem it irks him as much as when you run into, say, a bad graph. Or what is the purpose of a song? We cannot turn our backs on art. Poetry is a window on the world, our pathway to the color and the sound and the emotion, the sorrow and the joy, the pain and the exaltation of our existence. Googling “poet laureate of North Carolina” I found out two things: 1) that what was originally just a feel-good, minor legislative-waste-of-time has grown into an actual thing with a stipend and doubtless several hours of bureaucratic administration and 2) that apparently the most recent change was a Big Deal (with outrage, resignations, and goodness knows how many man-hours wasted). Poetry allows kids to put language to use-to make it serve a deep internal purpose, to break rules along the way (grammar, punctuation, capitalization -- think of e.e. The poems in the New Yorker are rarely readable, let alone quotable. Poetry and Power (February 1964) Read the complete speech by John F. Kennedy, from which this excerpt was drawn. By that I mean that in writing a poem the intent of the poet should be to say "look at this" (the subject of the poem) and not "look at me". This stands to reason, as poetry is rooted in facile manipulation of language. – Edith Sitwell, The Outcasts. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. Poetry has the ability to surprise the reader with an "Ah-ha!" To quote George R.R. And in the room, the women – shut the fuck up – Martin, "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. For me, a good poem or a wonderful poem–or whatever you want to call it–should be quotable. voice raspy with hard living. Poetry is probably the oldest form of literature, and probably predates the origin of writing itself. I’ve never fully bought into Mill’s way of thinking about this, but there is something in his distinction between higher and lower pleasures. for new vista volunteers Blessed art thou for uttering forth such an excellent poem and brilliant pearl. The official website of the Baha'i Faith is: Sign up for our newsletter and get all our latest content, © 2021 BahaiTeachings.org All Rights Reserved. you gotta tell why you are here, all in the book to get yerself cupons for an oil change You’re a data scientist at a local hospital and you’ve been asked to present to the physicians on communicating statistical information to patients. I’ve responded on my own blog. Poetry as a way of self-expression - most of the time when the hearts of a poetic men and women is occupied with boredom, anger, like, likes and dislikes to a specific points or events they finish up writing a poem. I don’t hold with the attitude that a poem is more about being wonderful than is a novel, for example. – Edith Sitwell, Rhyme and Reason, Poetry matters because life, tears, people, birth, human experience matter. Ray The poem will of course reveal some facet about the poet, but that should not be its primary purpose - that is a by-product, as it were. Poems… that contain ideas… unify our thoughts or feelings. I don’ t mean poems should make us happier, but that they should make us better able to feel emotions, which can be difficult. of course the official term for NC is North Cackalacky. He wrote to the composer and lyricist Louise Waite: Verily, I chanted thy poem. Writing poetry that rhymes is much more difficult, too. they say the state gets into a man, Abdu’l-Baha encouraged those who understood that the best use of poetry, or any art or endeavor, has a spiritual purpose. … Same question for Eliot, Dylan, W.C. Williams, Rod McKuen, the new PL of NC, et al. A poet laureate’s bad poetry is worth taking seriously somewhere on that scale. Thy poem is a wonder to the minds and intellects and thy composition an evidence of the gift of the great Lord. Poetry is in fact, evocative. Through the meticulous choosing and great play of words, it is able to express underlying messages and over-arching purpose that is beyond the literal meaning of words.You may also see essay writings. – from a talk by Roger White, Bring Chocolate, in The Language of There. ya gotta sign, if you want free In poetry, one of the best ways to practice technique is to write in traditional forms. – John F. Kennedy, Tribute to Robert Frost, Poetry is a sensitive guide that escorts us in a profound consideration and penetration of the infinity of life. Well, if one thing is obvious, it is that Jonathan Mayhew (and people commenting on his blog) knows little about poetry. – Archibald MacLeish, We hate poetry that has a palpable design upon us—and if we do not agree, seems to put its hand in its breeches pocket. All for the sake of one precious word Any time you tell a story to a friend or family member about an event or incident in your day, you engage in a form of narration. This kind of writing just causes physical pain to me. It is most associated with poetry, however. Choose one of the purposes of your review: 1) Draw attention to the poem, influence the opinions of other people, and argue over the evaluation of artistic images. Thus, says Burckhardt, “the first purpose of poetic language, and of metaphors in particular, is the very opposite of making language more transparent. Poetry is evocative. Ray’s up at Central just being The 1980 Math Olympiad Program: Where are they now? Reading Poetry. I’m very, very lovely. Poetry is a very image-based form of writing, so practicing poetry will improve your imagery in other forms as well. is a perfectly acceptable start to a poem. Saying that the purpose of a poem is to be wonderful is like saying that the purpose of a joke is to be funny. Poetry (ancient Greek: ποιεω (poieo) = I create) is an art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content. I would suggest that the subject of the poem should also be its aim. Actress, writer, and workshop leader Jaine Toth currently resides in Eloy, AZ near the Desert Rose Baha'i Institute. It’s not exactly good, but it’s salvageable, with some concreteness there at least.”. .” On the other hand, it’s just a goddam blog so I don’t know what I’m supposed to be expecting. Fortunately, there’s a 2,000-year-old answer. That's why if you read it. To quote the great Simon Leys on G.K. Chesterton: Thus, for Chesterton, one of the greatest poems ever written was, in Robinson Crusoe, simply the list of things that Robinson salvaged from the wreck of his ship: two guns, one axe, three cutlasses, one saw, three Dutch cheeses, five pieces of dried goat flesh… Poetry is our vital link with the outside world – the lifeline on which our very survival depends – and therefore also, in some circumstances, it can also become the ultimate safeguard of our mental sanity.”. While any narrative essay you write for this class will be nonfiction (i.e. Both excerpts radiate mediocrity but of course a bit of mediocrity can do the job in the context of a larger message. And quoting it to establish one’s credential as a literary critic is about as credible as printing e=mc2 on a T-shirt and claiming it as a contribution to physics. It’s a case study in the practical reasons why I always think these things are a bad idea. somune else got the prize with my guest book writin? Eliot wrote beats Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” or Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” Both songs have phenomenal lyrics that stay in my head whether I want them to or not. There’s not even a need for any special imagery. Art heals. I have no idea Naturally, the irk is relative to the context. I look just like a lima bean. It’s insulting to poetry to give it such a narrow range. “I’m grateful for my car, he says, My hands are left and right And wrong. The purpose of poetry is to allow one to read it to avoid real work, and, at the same time, believe oneself virtuous, in a way one would not if one were downing a six-pack and watching the NFL. Metaphors increase an awareness of … like the relief stop–free maps and cupons for joannie for Ray for Raleigh, for NC. For all we know from this excerpt, the use of the cliche is part of the point in establishing the narrator’s voice. The question over the purpose of poetry–or, more generally, literature–has been asked for at least 2,000 years. Poetry reminds us that language “is not windowglass, but rather a system of lenses.”. Poetry enables you to express yourself and your ideas better. They were delicious so sweet What should you say? of course – more or less I’ve been looking forward to this post after seeing it “on deck”. Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one’s soul, and does not startle or amaze it with itself, but with its subject. joan and me Too bad this causes Mr. Mayhew physical pain. Poetry is passion, purpose and pleasure positively positioned to please the poet and no other particular person. What makes you think that “work” is more important than becoming a good, thoughtful, interesting human being? Its almost like you are saying that we are put on this earth to work. Poetry as a way of self-expression - most of the time when the hearts of a poetic individuals is occupied with boredom, anger, love, likes and dislikes to a certain things or events they end up writing a poem. There is such a thing as a truly bad graph, one that misleads and confuses us. Love lights a fla, Strive ye with all your hearts, raise up your voic, How can faith-based individuals and organizations, My hope for you is that you will ever avoid tyrann, As we suffer these misfortunes we must remember th, Finding Beacons of Hope in Monuments and Public Art. – Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha, Volume 1, pp. – from a talk by Roger White, Bring Chocolate, in The Language of There. sorry for the inconvenience. thy stole it But how searing the heat of this word is i member that particlar day The thing that bothers me about Mayhew’s post (even though I have a feeling I’d agree with him 100% about the strengths and weaknesses of these poems, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we share many tastes about and attitudes toward literature) is the implicit attitude that I see there, which I feel I’ve seen in other discussions of poetry, which is that the purpose of a poem is to be wonderful. You will most commonly see these three aspects attributed as being the author’s purpose however other elements such as describing and explaining are commonly sighted as well. Likewise, the purpose of a poem is to present emotion. I promise you. What does it take for poetry to be effective? That is the purpose of music, art, dance, etc…. Phony fucking arma virumque cano It conclude emotion and feelings. Its significance was beautiful, its composition eloquent and its words excellent. Writing poetry serve as the river of thoughts and emotions wherein a person can freely says and express of what he has in mind in a deeper and artistic way. Poetry is something much more essential. OK, procrastination successful. This style of writing may have developed to help people memorize long chains of information in the days before writing. The views expressed in our content reflect individual perspectives and do not represent the official views of the Baha'i Faith. For example: since I read James Reeves’ poem about the snail as a “toppling caravan” I’ve never been able to look at snails the same way… The poet’s job, you see, is not to give us straight, encyclopedic fact but to tell us something new or to tell something old in a new way—to give us fresh images. It is not merely a literary form made of rhythmic and rhyming lines – though Chesterton also wrote (and wrote memorably) a lot of these. To see my problem with this statement (which, to be fair, Mayhew never said, but which I see as implicit in his post), consider the related question, “What is the purpose of a novel?” Or, for that matter, what is the purpose of a research article? For art establishes the basic human truth which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment… I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. Above all, it says to us: be! Likewise, graphs help us to understand functions of various kinds. And this brings us to today’s topic. In this article I will attempt to articulate why poetry is important to read and also to write. – Abdu’l-Baha, quoted in Lady Blomfield, The Chosen Highway, p. 167. I feel like the “poetry should be wonderful” attitude doesn’t work, from one direction because it sets the bar too high, and from the other direction because I get the impression that the aim of wonderfulness is a source of the whole poetry-should-be-cryptic attitude that I associate with T. S. Eliot and most of the art poetry I see (for example, the stuff in the New Yorker). And saying that one poem or poet is much better that another is like saying that one joke or comedian is better than another. When you write poetry you choose the purpose of it, it can be inspirational, educational or altruistic. Poetry – The Purpose of Writing Poetry. Being wonderful, then, is one of two major purposes of poetry–that is, if you accept Horace’s position. The views expressed in our content reflect individual perspectives and do not represent the official views of the Baha'i Faith. In reading the post I was mildly irritated by Mayhew’s use of “NC” as a generic replacement for “North Carolina.” The abbreviation is fine in some contexts but I founn it a bit jarring to read, “The literary community of NC . I mean, sure, “voice raspy with hard living” sounds cliched, but who among us does not grab a cliche from time to time. Dramatic plays written in poetic verse, such as those by William Shakespeare, often provide fertile ground for chiasmus. http://prosedoctor.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-purpose-of-poem-is-to-be-wonderful.html, I studied poetry intensively To either persuade, inform or entertain an audience. didn’t do nothin To gain just a gram you must labor a year. There are also countless beautiful examples of imagery in poetry, though I don't happen to have any on hand. Simply put, the poem's purpose is the reason why the author picked up the quill, pencil or pen or sat down at the keyboard in the first place. It can also provide enjoyment, fulfillment and food for thought in others, though this might not necessarily be the poet's … Poetry is a vast subject, as old as history, present wherever religion is present, … at Yale: lectures to seminars. Richard Cory put a bullet through his head a … When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. Tons of lexicon ore excavating I’ve lived in North Carolina all my life, and if I had ever heard that there was a poet laureate, I’d forgotten it (which isn’t too surprising, I guess). Sentimentality is a way of protecting ourselves from precision in feeling, from intensity.). I assume that we can all agree, though, that it’s hard to judge either poem, or either poet, by these short excerpts. Pick up a volume of poetry, write a poem, or do both, and let the effort sweeten your life. dispatch from the field (an email collage poem): difficult situation here … convicted war criminals … to be executed but the judges halted… houses of the ruling party members were burnt…managing field problems….discussions with the local leaders… safer ways to move… did not need to stop data collection…other field sites…halted…situation is tense…. Whether one is highly or minimally educated, literate or illiterate, poetry can affect them: Even beginning readers can know if a poem appeals to them…because it enables them to see things in ways they’ve never seen before. Anyhow, Mayakovsky wrote: “Poetry is just like mining radium. covered with union stickers, Who could disagree with that? In other words, I’m informed and delighted by them. Poetry ennobles the heart and the eyes and unveils the meaning of things upon which the heart and the eyes dwell. accompanied by photos – black and white A bit like Art. Mayhew quotes from the previous laureate: “Joan and I were in Raleigh together It’s the poem as a whole that should have an impact. (but he was). Take Shakespeare for example. It’s one thing disliking somebody’s writing and being vocal about it. It was like the melody of the birds of holiness… The breasts of the friends were dilated, and the hearts of the maid-servants of the Merciful were exhilarated by its chanting. I like to say that poetry is the art of writing emotions down, with the aim of making us “feel better”. The man who never reads lives only one." what the purpose of a poem is. To determine purpose, ask yourself what the poet's intent was when she began to write. Poetry, literature that evokes a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience or an emotional response through language chosen and arranged for its meaning, sound, and rhythm. Author makes the poetry even more valuable In kitchen cups concupiscent curds Tossed on the seat, a briefcase I assure you poetry pre-dates Bourgeois/Protestant ethics. OK, let’s take a break from blogging about economics. Suppose someone complained that you assume that “the purpose of a graph is to be wonderful”. Dickinson often … “Peel the onion, layer after layer, until its very heart is reached…it adds taste, zest, and a sharp but sweet quality that enriches our lives.” – Ruth Gordon, Peeling the Onion, Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking. There are equally numerous reasons for writing poetry. 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