For The Love Of Poetry

Yesterday, I came across an article by Melik Kaylan entitled “For the Love of Poetry”, https://www.forbes.com/2009/04/06/memorize-poetry-education-opinions-columnists-thomas-hardy.html.

Kaylan offers a spirited defence of traditional (rhyming) poetry, and of the benefits flowing from memorising it.

I vividly recollect learning Alfred Noyes’s poem “The Highwayman as a child, and reciting it to an audience, https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43187/the-highwayman. Noyes’s poem has a wonderful rhythm and I can still recall large chunks of “The Highwayman”.

I believe that being introduced to relatively simple (rhyming) poetry as a young boy kindled in me my love of the art. Had I been faced with free verse poetry at the same age, I am not sure that my love of poetry would have developed as it has.

There is (as I’ve said here before) much great free verse poetry. However my personal preference is for poetry that rhymes, or has some kind of meter to it. I also remain a traditionalist in that I agree with Kaylan as regards the benefits of memorising poetry.

As always, I would be interested in the views of my readers.

Kevin

4 thoughts on “For The Love Of Poetry

  1. V.M.Sang

    Oh, how I agree with you, Kevin. So much poetry remains in my head from learning it as a child. And as a student, too. We studied Wordsworth at school, and Shelley when I was a student.
    At primary school I learned a wonderful, rhythmic poem called From a Railway Carriage. I can’t remember who wrote it, but I can recite the poem.
    I wonder…will these free verse poems be remembered years in the future? They also seem to me, to me very serious. No ‘Hail to thee blythe spirit’ about the sheer joy of hearing a skylark. All about serious stuff. At least that’s my perception. Perhaps I’m wrong.

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    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Its wonderful that you can still remember and recite poems you learned at school Vivienne. Some free verse poetry is, to my mind beautiful. However (to me at least) it is beautiful prose rather than poetry. I suspect that the best of it will survive, but whether it should be called poetry is a different matter. I shall look up the poem you mentioned. Best wishes. Kevin

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  2. jewishyoungprofessional

    I tend to lean towards free verse, simply as it is the most natural for me to write and I tend to gravitate towards free verse in reading. But I have deep respect for rhyming poetry and would love to improve at writing it.

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    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Many thanks for your comment. Yes, we poets all have our preferences as regards free or rhyming poetry. The 2 styles are, of course not mutually exclusive (Eliot did, for example employ both free verse and rhyme in his work). I wish you the best of luck with your poetry. Kevin

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