Poetry is something which is expressed in elevated words. Poetry is fun. It is ‘surreal but ethereal’. It enlightens minds. Poetry is the art which survives for a long time. It has a sway that makes people admire it. It captivates the mind with its enchanting serene gaze. But many don’t enjoy poetry because, apparently, it’s boring for them. Yeah, it is not interesting to some as most of them don’t relish it as an art. “We love the things we love for what they are,” says Robert Frost. Poetry enriches and encourages. It revives and makes us ruminate in awe.
Leonardo da Vinci says, “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of emotions recollected in tranquillity opines, Wordsworth. It comes from the depth of the heart and it holds true. It voices the verities of life. After all "Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all/ Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know"(Keats). Poetry acts as an enigma and divulges the truth about life.
Poetry projects life and its beauty. It delights and teaches. Only when one comprehends the wonderful meaning behind a poem, then only he or she can adore it thoroughly. As Robert Frost puts it, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,/ I took the one less traveled by,/ And that has made all the difference.” To give a wise moral, poetry is written. It is written to project one’s life too. Everybody has some poetry in them. It is either to write love letters or sing a beautiful song. Gustave Flaubert says, “There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it.”
Poetry is a way to vent out emotions. W. H. Auden defines poetry as “Poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings.” The indescribable is what poetry is all about. It invites the imagination to flow through us and evolve an amazing piece of art. Well, some think that poetry is all about rhyme and meter. But no, it can also be free verse. Wordsworth’s Daffodils is marvelous,
“For oft when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude,
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the Daffodils.”
In the ‘bliss of solitude’, one finds poetry flowing like a river. It is in the calm and the serenity that poetry brews up. “Poetry is what gets lost in translation.”(Robert Frost). It makes our hearts brim with ecstasy and joy. It ignites a spark that makes the reader take on a hike with the poet. Cassandra Clare in the book, Clockwork Angel says, “Only the weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.” Poetry gives calmness to the soul and enchants. Everyone is a poet at heart, but one needs to express it out loud. It should amplify and reach around and edify all. It acts a portal to the world that is beyond and makes us blissful. It guides, motivates and expresses that which can only be felt. Words are powerful when it is put into poetry.
“What matters most is not the matter,
What glitters more is not bonanza,
What seems to flutter is not the butter,
What is most bitter is that we don’t inter,
Our past and move on to the future.”
These lines tell us of what matters in life. It teaches us life lessons and it is fun to the calm soul. It is etched for eternity. Many poets died but their works still make us remember them.
One can never forget the classics…Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, and others. Although they might not interest people much today, they are renowned even now. Contemporary poets have made a mark of their own. Thus, poetry still lives in the hearts of people and enhances us. It may be fun to some people alone, but it depends on their interests. So is poetry fun? Well, it rests on people, on what they choose.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti says, “Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.” Feeling tired and horrible, take a poem, it soothes the mind.