Is Poetry Still a Common Form of Expression?

Red roses,

Blue violets.

Welcome to Wonderopolis!

Have a fantastic time.

Wait a moment. That’s a terrible poem. It doesn’t even rhyme! Let’s give it another try…

Red roses,

Blue violets.

Welcome to Wonderopolis!

Today’s poetry Wonder is just for you!

There! That’s an improvement. Not a significant improvement, but a slight one…

We have to confess. We’re a little rusty when it comes to writing poetry. Actually, do people still write poetry these days?

Of course they do! In fact, Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Due to the popularity of other forms of writing, like bestselling fiction, you won’t find poetry books dominating the bestseller lists. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still poets out there publishing beautifully crafted works.

Have you ever considered a poem to be beautiful? Read some poetry and you’ll discover that poems are truly artistic creations made with words instead of paint. While a popular fictional story may tell an engaging tale, a short poem can transform a few words into something that evokes emotions and touches the soul.

You might even already appreciate poetry more than you realize. Have you ever been moved by the lyrics of a song? Many songwriters are essentially poets, creating masterpieces with words that are then set to music. In fact, some view certain rap artists as modern-day poets. Some rap and hip hop artists draw inspiration from modern poetry slams.

But don’t just take our word for it! Look up the lyrics to a few of your favorite songs and try reading them without listening to the music. It depends on your taste in music, but we believe it won’t take long for you to find a song whose lyrics resonate with you just like a poem!

Give It a Shot

Red roses. Blue violets. Find a few friends or family members to join you in exploring one or more of the following activities, too!

  • Why not spend some time today immersing yourself in the world of poetry? You could borrow a poetry book from your local library or explore various poems online. Read multiple examples and compare them. Which ones resonate with you the most? Try reading different types of poetry, such as a haiku and a free verse poem. Which style do you prefer? Why? Discuss your thoughts with a friend or family member.
  • Could you be a poet without even realizing it? There’s no better way to find out than to grab a pen and paper and let your words flow. If you find yourself staring at a blank page for too long, it might be time to break free from your mental constraints. Engage in activities that can ignite your imagination. Look around you and seek inspiration. What are your hobbies? What do you enjoy? Perhaps you love the color blue or find joy in riding your bike. Write about what you know best. For instance, if badgers and polecats fascinate you, you could write all day about them. Once you’ve crafted your poem, share it on Facebook. We, along with the rest of your Wonder Friends, can’t wait to read it!
  • Feeling up for a challenge? Mathematics might not immediately come to mind when thinking about poetry. However, you might be surprised to discover how integral mathematics can be in the art of writing poetry. From counting syllables in a haiku to analyzing a poem’s meter, there can be as much math involved in poetry as there is language arts! To delve deeper into the topic of poetic meter and learn how to read poems correctly, go online and explore the Basics of Meter. Select a favorite poem and practice reading it aloud, paying attention to the meter based on what you have learned!

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