Soapbox, Vol 2: In defense of poetry

A person can live without poetry. A person can even live happily without poetry. But I am not that person.

I love poetry. The sounds, the underlying music, the ideas expressed. Obviously, I don’t agree with all of the ideas that have been expressed by poets throughout time. But poetry is as vital to the progression of a society as any art. By reading poetry, we learn to think and argue. To consider the nuance of language in a way that is vital to critical thinking. By writing poetry, we learn to think about what we are saying, why we are saying it, and if there is any way that what we are saying could be said better. We learn to persuade. We learn the power of sincerity and conviction.  By hearing poetry, we learn to hear the rhythms of speech. We hear not only what is said, but how it is said.

Poetry is not given enough credit.

 

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