The decline of poetry: A doggerel inspired by Keats.

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The decline of poetry: A doggerel inspired by Keats.

Postby Saturn » Sun May 02, 2004 8:38 pm

Here's a little frivolous poem I've been working on for a few years (rewritten so many times I can't remember).

It was inspired by the lines in Endymion Book II, 723-8 "...the count / Of might Poets is made up; the scroll / Is folded by the Muses; the bright roll / Is in Apollo's hand... "etc.
The form may be crude and unmeterical, but the sentiments are heartily felt, however sloppily executed.

It's such a sad and sobering declaration
That poets command no more much admiration.
No laurels deck their comfortless brow,
They're only read if dead for ages now.
Divers new distractions copiously prevail;
In grabbing attention a poet's like to fail.

But has all to be said already been writ?
Is Satire blunted and humourless grown Wit?
Tragedy and Epic Muses are unemployed,
Romance and Historical likewise annoyed.
Once plied they're ridiculed and scorned,
Missed by too few and seldom mourned.

Has high Parnassus been levelled to dust?
Lies bright Apollo's lyre un-tuned in rust?
If so, these lines will prove to no effect
And Poesy die at th' hands of Intellect.
Is verse so neglected in this barren time
That people don't care 'bout lay or rhyme?

Where are the poets for a new generation
To nourish the soul with hearts elation?
If I had the time, the talent, or skill,
I'd seize the much-neglected quill,
Would dare to wrest her from the tomb;
Nurse to health her withered bloom;
Raise her up from contempt to fame,
And then a place on lofty Helicon claim.

Any feedback would be much appreciated.
Does anybody think pop music in the twentieth century has all but replaced the art of verse? When people speak of lyrics they usually mean pop-song lyrics now. I'm no snob, I love pop and rock as well as classical music, but can't help but feel for those who think that rap artists are great poets - I want to scream at them "read Shakespeare, Keats, Milton, Shelley, any poetry then tell me you still believe it".
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Poetry Revival

Postby MonroeDoctrine » Mon May 10, 2004 5:11 am

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Take a bank note and fold it up,
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This wonderful plan without danger or loss
keeps your cash in your hands where nothing can trouble it,
and everytime that you fold it across 't is as plain as
the light of day that you double it!

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What is poetry

Postby MonroeDoctrine » Mon May 10, 2004 5:13 am

The best aspect about poetry is the transformation of the mind. And I agree the true poets must be revived and respected!

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Re: The decline of poetry: A doggerel inspired by Keats.

Postby Despondence » Wed May 12, 2004 10:06 am

Stephen Saturn wrote:Does anybody think pop music in the twentieth century has all but replaced the art of verse?

Aye, all but has. There are a few who manage to combine them brilliantly though; one I particularly admire in this respect is Loreena Mckennitt. Apart from her own lyrics, she has also woven music around poems by e.g. Shakespeare, Yeates, Blake and Tennyson. Not Keats yet though, as far as I know...
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