Monday, November 21, 2011

Free Poetry Contests

By Angela Gymmy

In this ever-changing 21st century, with all its rapid technological advances, we tend to take in information in short blasts. We read emails and text messages quickly, surf the web, often in haste, flitting from page to page via links. We also tend to read fewer newspapers, magazines and longer articles of substance. We're a society of channel surfers, with hundreds upon hundreds of diverse specialty channels beamed into our living rooms via cable and satellite. We watch a little of this, a little of that, all the while having our thought processes interrupted by often inane commercials designed to convince us to buy something we may or may not need. When it comes to outright reading and critical thinking for any extended period of time, we seem to be moving away from that more and more as well. When's the last time you really sat down to enjoy a well-written novel of literary substance?

He claimed the other two, tragedy and epic, were similar in that they both portray suffering and produce effects and emotions in their readers. The only difference between the two was epic was said to be a one verse poem while tragedy was in narrative form.

Today, poetry and literature scholars believe that poetry does indeed contain three main genres. However, the three are known as lyric, narrative, and dramatic, not comedy, tragedy, and epic. Each of these genres can then be saturated with sub-genres and then sub-sub-genres depending on the rhyme scheme, rhythm, meters, style, and even emotion.

We Learn to See Life through the Eyes of Others Sometimes it's nice to get another perspective on a subject. Reading well-ordered words by a poet lets us into their world. We learn to consider other viewpoints, opinions and arguments, all the while getting these in the form of stylish writings. It's a way to experience different trains of thought, while enjoying the creative work on its own merit at the same time.

We Gain an Appreciation of Language and How it Works Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) said, "Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words." A poem, of course, reads different than an article, a story, or a newspaper piece. While those kinds of writings can flow and have a grace and beauty of their own, according to their structure, a poem is different. Samuel Taylor Coleridge said, "Poetry: the best words in the best order." A poem is truly that - a concise and precise way of presenting intellectual and heartfelt thought in its essence.

Dramatic poetry is written in verse that is meant to be spoken. It generally tells a story, but can also simply portray a situation. The majority of dramatic poetry is written in blank verse. The authors Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, and William Shakespeare have all written important dramatic works.

Although there are three main types of poetry, each can be divided into hundreds, possibly even thousands of genres. If you haven't found one you enjoy, chances are you will, just keep looking!

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