Poetry in the Contemporary World
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The paper argues that poetry is not dead; it has simply moved from book format to performance-based mediums, online and off-line. The paper discusses how our culture's obsession with the personal makes it uniquely suited to a revival of poetic relevance. The paper further contends that while our language is undergoing a profound shift, moving to brevity, there is still a fascination with letters, language, and wordplay that continues to keep poetry alive. The paper concludes that so long as people feel a need to express themselves, there will be poetry.
From the Paper:"In his essay (reprinted online, incidentally, by the Academy of American Poets), Hall argues that the death of poetry has been proclaimed on many occasions in America's past, and will likely be proclaimed again in the future. However, this is a regular event in the culture, while poetry lives on, in book sales, performance, and through the continued, creative use of language in contemporary culture. On one hand, Hall's argument may seem Quixotic--in the age of the Internet, even the death of reading newspapers and books have been prophesized, and poetry thus seems like a more threatened medium than the novel or magazine feature. But the compressed nature of the poetic medium may make it uniquely suited to today's time-pressed era, with its obsession with the instantaneous."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Hall, Donald. "Death to the Death of Poetry. Academy of American Poets. 1989.March 24, 2009. http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16222
- Hayden, Robert. "Those Winter Sundays." Academy of American Poets.March 24, 2009. http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/19217
- Hughes, Langston. "Harlem." Teaching American History. March 24, 2009.http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?document=640
- "Six word memoirs at Smith Magazine. Smith Magazine. 2009.http://www.smithmag.net/sixwords/
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