Break Forth the Rhythm and the Rhyme

“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.” Plato

Poetry as a literary form has existed for centuries. It’s a part of our lives that influences and enriches us in ways we’re not aware of. Even if you’re not a fan of the form, there are poems to be found all around.

Take the term “Trojan horse” — that one has been around for hundreds of years, since Virgil wrote the Aeneid.

View full imageNot familiar with the works of Edgar Allan Poe? Never fear! I bet you can still finish this line: “Quoth the Raven…”

Readers of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series already know that it couldn’t exist without Robert Browning’s work, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”.

View full imageIf you’re on Twitter, here’s a style of poetry you’ll appreciate. Haiku uses a maximum of 17 syllables to express an idea, rather like a very well expressed tweet. Basho Matsuo wrote this in the 16th century:

“An old silent pond…

A frog jumps into the pond,

splash! Silence again.”

Poets have other uses, as well. If you’re looking for a pithy put down, look no further than Oscar Wilde: “Some people cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go.”

View full imageElizabeth Barrett Browning is a wonderful choice when you’re falling in love: “How do I love thee, let me count the ways…”

Her husband, Robert Browning, wrote the lines that have been used countless times at weddings and anniversaries: “Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be…”

But if you’ve just ended a relationship you can’t go wrong with Dorothy Parker: “My own dear love, he is all my world – and I wish I’d never met him.”

Looking for a laugh? My choice is Shel Silverstein, every time. “Bear in There” from the anthology A Light in the Attic never fails to make me chuckle:

“There’s a Polar Bear
In our Frigidaire—“

Wondering where your life is going? Robert Frost can tell you all about The Road Not Taken: “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…”

And, of course, where would we be without the immortal words: “Roses are red, violets are blue…”

See, you’re a poet and didn’t know it! Or at least you’ve got more poetry in your life than you realized. Next thing you know, you’ll be setting your own words in verse. Writing this blog has certainly inspired me to waste no time and start some rhymes.

Now, what should come after: “There once was a blogger named Lori…”


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