“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.
If 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:
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.”
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:
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…”