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Poetry Put Youths To Sleep.Why?

I love writing ,especially poems.In my undergraduate days i use to think and write a lot about the philosophy of life and these thoughts usually came when travelling in a bus or in the school bus with my friends around.Sometimes they gist loudly in the bus and would always expect my contributions but would get nothing but silence.Then,they gave me a name.

They found it funny and wierd that somebody would spend a better part of the day writing, writing and writing,  of all things, poems - geez,the most boring thing one can ever do! Those ones that had the modesty to read the poems dump the manuscripts back in my hands half way, giving every ostensible reason why they would be back to finish it (they never come.)

Only few who has genuine interest in literature reads,critiques and may even give you suggestions at times.

It was the same story in my high school days.Students never wanted to read the literature books included in the WAEC syllables especially poetry. They only try to read them during siesta and guess what? It puts most of them to sleep before they finish the first line.

Right from the days of our fathers,youths who had the priviledge to be educated utilized every opportunity.They became our teachers in primary schools and secondary schools.They were our lecturers in our undergradute days till date,they also wrote most books of literature students use for class work today. You don't see such zeal in our youths today.

So, i keep wondering,is it that youths are lazy to think,write and read or that the works of literature is totally boring(i disagree with this option) or that to do this literature thing is just  innate ,you know, like a talent? I really don't understand. When all the old literature icons die,who will fill in the blank spaces?

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poetry is an acquired taste perhaps.

some poems are very interesting though- you'd have to take time to search for them.

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@ OP

People tend to react negatively to poetry because it can be tedious. One major reason is that poets themselves don't help matters. They make poems difficult in order to score points with poetry critics. But I recently came across a children educational magazine called OHL (Oliver Home Learning) in which they have a regular poetry column. They try to teach kids poems by using simple poems and showing the kids how to write poems themselves.

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Poetry is like music to the soul. Sometimes it lifts one's spirit by touching some spots in our hearts that no one has ever reached ,explaining what we are experiencing at one point in our lives.

Somehow,poetry helps us understand we're not the only ones going through a particular phase.Someone has been there before or has a clear imagery and understanding of what we're going through to be able to put in black and white.

It could lift your spirit if its an Ode or ballad or it may depress you if its an elergy.Either way,its an interesting work of art not a trick of grammer.

With a little bit of literary terms here and there,there's no way poetry can put you to sleep,rather it keeps u awake.

Above all, poetry can only be understood,appreciated and written by "thinkers" and great minds.

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poetry never stops getting complicated. its interesting sometimes though but very confusing

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Poetry has many sides, although i try to keep my poems as understandable as possible, it still gets complicated.

Poetry is expression in a particular form with figurative language

Poems that rhyme are more easily understood.

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It can be boring if you don't understand it, don't feel and aint interested in it. When i was younger, i didnt care much for it. Sometimes it just creeps up on you and it starts making sense.

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poetry isnt that boring,its like music u feel it inside of u,ite like listenin 2 music, most ef the lyrics in some soul music r pure poetry

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i write prose, not poetry. i used do poetry but i after some time i felt it was all about myself so i stopped.

its a pity everybody's so scared of plagiarism but its hard to grow if you keep your portfolio too close to your chest. that aside sha you guys should be able to do stuff, off-the-cuff,

like this collabo i bumped into some guys doing on this same nairaland: you check out this link below

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-51015.0.html

there's no point going on all night that we love poetry, arts books etc if we cant discuss it constructively, like we have writing workshops where you read out stuff you're working on and other writers offer criticism (constructively o!)

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you guys keep going on and on about all this poetry stuff. post some stuff on the poetry board now, show us some skills. lets see what you are made off. its good to get other people to critique ur stuff so you know the areas of improvement. get an objective appraisal of what you're doing.

i used to write a lot of poetry myself but not anymore. all i write these days is prose. am working on a novel----

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Basically stuff you arent enlightened about wouldnt make sense to you. It is no lie that many of the so called graduates we produce in the country cant speak or construct good english, are they the same ones that would now appreciate poetry. Poetry like other forms of literature is deep and only the deep mind can understand it. But that one does not feel poetry does not mean the person is dumb. Many scientist loathe poetry. Therein the issue of taste comes in.

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I think our attention span is so short.

And poem take some patience before the interesting part comes along. Unlike music where the starting beat just drives you crazy immediately.

Try Timba land's beats then you'll feel what i'm talking about.

Times have changed and new things have taken over the entertainment that makes poetry so Obsolete and "Old School" if you know what i mean.

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different strokes for different folks,

i don't exactly dig poetry either

however, there are a few i'd read/listen and go 'WoW'!!

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lillian,I'd love to read some of your stuff may'be even put some musical flesh on some of your writings ,you sound like you know what your talking about , keep doing you

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@ ziddy:

I'm still a writer. I do commercial writing in brand management.It's lucrative but not as soulful as personal writing.I will post my stuffs soon. Though, i'm highly finicky about bringing out my unpublished works for fear of plagiarism.But, i'll post some of my approved works with 'loving you.com.' Hope it doesnt put y'all to sleep.hehehehehe

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@ myro

Somehow,you are right.You particularly don't like rap but u sound like you can't help being influenced by it.Either in your area or school, somebody is playing or singing one to your hearing. You, mentioned Jay z but you didn't say anything about Tu pac whose rap is nothing short of great poetry.I guess that's what you mean

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i love and appreciate poetry but that was a taste i had to develop on my own without much encouragement. it helped though that i enjoyed writing even before i knew anyone could write a poem.

truth is poetry is an acquired taste and u dont really appreciate it fully if u dont try ur hands at it a few times. so even though i know it is sad that most kids dont appreciate poetry these days, I can understand why. Why be a poet when u can be Jay-FREAKING-z.

another theory is that poetry like many art forms has evolved. perhaps back in the day, what you call poetry (academic poetry) was the rage and kids felt cool if they could recite shakespeare's sonnets off head. today, that stuff is just not cool anymore and rap/musical lyricism has taken its place. i listen to some rap songs (i hate rap by the way) and i have to just respect the lyricist cuz that stuff is not by accident. perhaps the message may not be as profound but the delivery and the attention to detail is apparent and kids are bobbing their heads and coming up with new stuff everyday. so in that way, poetry is not really putting them to sleep, it is waking them up.

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poetry,i think is fantasy

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Poetry like music ,appeals to people differently ,I believe there's also a talent aspect to it ,unfourtunately in this part of the world it seems to be a dying art and there's quite a number of reasons for this,apathy ,ignorance and medocrity are but a few. I'm a musician and poet of sorts (not professionally) and whenever i'm in the zone I churn out music and poetry that reflect my opinions,veiws and feelings on any particular subject and the feeling of gratification ,I get money cannot buy.The system is'nt helping matters,the mediocrity which characterisies our movies,music and general way of life do not encourage deep thinking and more importantly does not reward it,so almost everyone takes a short cut which usually leads to nowhere.

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you're right most of the poetry pple write these days is introspective and boring stuff.

unless you're actually very good at it.

@lilian777:

post some of your stuff on the site lets see what you do now---

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yes it does, just as a good lullaby puts a baby to sleep

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