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A Modern Defense of Poetry

December 23rd, 2008 No comments

My mother and I were in pursuit of a charming antique lamp suitable for my living quarters, when we came across the notorious Victoria N. Artifactus. She not only enlightened us on her passion for collecting antiques, but afforded us a piece of her mind’s love by showing us the possessions that she held to be most precious. It was true; her possessions were those of a queen. She spoke freely and told my mother and me of the importance of antiques and how they told us the life stories of our great ancestors. The intent was not to tell a historical or biographical life, but rather to paint a story of their active life. She argued that her passion created a portrait of our great past. Had I not been that of a passionate man myself, I fear I would have considered her to be a little over the top. However, as the words of Artifactus are of weak argument, they are of a strong passion. So, if these words do not satisfy you as a credible argument, allow me to present my own. By some mischance, my passion of poesy has fallen into my lap and I feel it is impossible to withhold my story from you, as my pen will not cease to stop writing. Be patient with me as my passion is of no choice and can at times seems overwhelming. My words are simply flowing onto the paper and I know not what I write. Therefore, similar to Artifactus’s need to defend antiques, I must defend the timeless art of poesy. These rather uneducated persons of today’s time slander the name of poesy and question its credibility as quality entertainment. Today’s looming entertainment trends are depriving our current and future generations from learning the sheer necessity of poesy and its benefits.

Poetry, being of the utmost form of communication, ranks far more superior than other studies that attempt to capture our mind’s methods of communicating. I feel it necessary to defend my life’s passion by placing it before one of my greatest competitors. By doing so, if I can show that we, the poets, have a positive effect on society’s forms of open communication we may be able to defend ourselves against the pending accusations of today’s accusers who claim poesy to be false or exaggerated emotions.  Read more…