With other art forms becoming more glamorous; poetry seems to be fading into a rather eloquent memorySameena Kenaz firstname.lastname@example.org
Gone are the days when poetry was seen as an art of high regard; it was perceived as a rare talent that not many had. Poetry wasn’t confined to romance; it spanned across and covered every aspect of life. To many, it was complicated and depressing, yet it managed to bring out words of praise everywhere.
But how much has poetry progressed as an art form in the last few decades? We’ve seen people slowly opening up to the ideas of taking up painting, acting and dancing as a profession. Yet poetry remains on the backburner; also fading into oblivion as more and more of today’s generation seem to be inclined towards other kinds of art.
And why not? In today’s world things like dancing and acting bring one to the fore front of the society and lead to fame. Whereas, poets have only been noted for their work after their deaths or never been noted at all!
Annie Rebecca, a Mass Communication student says, “Poetry today has lost its value. Poets used to have this touch, they would play with words and it would all make sense! People today prefer to be less dramatic.”
However, there are some that are enjoying the less dramatic poetry of today, ones that are written by peers and not by scholars. Vaijayanthi K, alumni of AIESEC, begs to differ, “I think modern poetry is more direct, no fancy language or coding. It conveys a message that everyone can understand.”
Many seem to think that though poetry may not have retained its original form, it has evolved in the form of songs and still lives on as an art form. Pranay Rupani, lecturer at St. Francis College adds, “Poetry in its purest form might have lost its charm but songs and art still use poetry. But, more importance must be given to adaptation. Modern, urban poetry and poetry in songs which the purists are opposed to, hurts the chances of making it a popular medium.”
We see more and more people modifying the original structure of what poetry used to be which can be seen as an evolution but the primary structure is something that seems to be dead and gone. Rachana, a student of Arts agrees, “The form of poetry has changed drastically, it has become more short and catchy but lacks good language.”
Between the age old Odes and today’s catchy rhymes, we have lost poetry’s true essence. The new generation seems to lack the patience to understand the more complicated poetry of the past and feels the need to simplify it so that it may be appreciated by everyone which involves leaving behind the coding and heavy linguistic surge.