What makes a poem beautiful? Is the structure, is it the rhyming, is it the meaning of the words themselves, or probably the message it bears? Different people have different reactions to the poems they read. Not all poems are beautiful to an individual, it all depends on the reader, the way he/she interprets the poem, and the message taken from it.
Poetry is one of those topics that often get dismissed as unimportant. However, it is a powerful tool and an important art. It is one form of art that has survived for thousands of years. It is part of our school curriculum, and we use quotes from different poems throughout our everyday lives.
It is needful to understand the nature of things termed ‘beautiful’, before we can acknowledge that poetry falls under this category. “Poetry is a form of art that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language to evoke meanings.”- Wikipedia.
Poetry takes the English language, a language that we think we know, and transforms it into something magical. We find that the words do not mean the same, as they normally would. The pattern of the sentences become something beautiful, and not just ordinary combination of words. It is a language on its own.
Poetry is created with the most attentive instances of our minds. It is magic for the reader as well as the writer. The emotions it is capable of expressing is completely overwhelming. Although, a lot of creative writing forms express emotion, but poetry goes deeper.
It can carry a wealth of meaning in just a few stanzas. The writing is minimal but what it means could be endless. The idea that two people can read a particular poem, and have completely different perspectives about it is another amazing thing.
Poetry has different forms; from prose to villanelles, to sonnets and so many more. The words of a poem may rhyme, or they may not. However, it still has a way of passing meaning across to the reader in a beautiful way. The emotions it exudes is raw, and is straight from the heart and soul of the writer.
When we read it logically, we find that it’s just a bunch of words, and sometimes, we get the message literally, but other times it leaves us confused. However, when we read it with open minds and open hearts, we get to understand the tiniest details and are able to get deeper meanings from it. Poets write poems with an open mind, heart and soul, so readers must read it in the same way, in order to get the full experience. Reading it logically alone, makes the connection that the writer tries to form with the reader, almost impossible.
Also, as poets, vulnerability is paramount. It is very possible to write poems that are flat and inert. When you think of poetry as a kind of mask that you can craft, when you try to emulate the pattern of other poets by all means – even when it doesn’t suit you-when you do not open your heart, you come up with the aforementioned kind of poem.
Writing poems is about expressing those thoughts and feelings that are always kept surpressed. It requires honesty with yourself and your feelings. “It engages the organ that is most underused in academia – the heart” – unknown. A poet possesses unusual sensitivity and insight. His ability to express random things in the most beautiful way, makes him who he is. He is a highly imaginative person.
Generally, Poetry helps us realise that beneath the surface of everything, there is something deeper. Poetry is a talent, it is an art.