Okay, I have been thinking lately...
I am a student in High School, and am in a class called English Literary Focus 40S. In this class, we read and analyze poems, pieces of writing, all from older times.
Now I will admit that, because I am a teen, I haven't had much time to spend reading classic poetry. But we read some in class, from various poets, all of which the teacher praises highly and says "This is probably the best poem ever written" or something like that.
To be honest, I think that most of the stuff I have seen is garbage.
I do like many older writers. Edgar Allan Poe is probably my favourite classic writer of all time, sure, and he was one of the reasons I started writing all those years ago. (he also shares a middle name with my father, who is nearly illiterate, which is where the first part of my pen-name comes from)
But to be quite honest, the ~very best~ poetry I have ever read has all been in Passions. When I compare it to some of the poems we read in our English Lit class, there is usually just no contest.
So I'm curious... is it just me, or does anyone else feel this way? Because it is a shame that none of us get the kind of recognition that these people did, when we write as good or better than them.
Of course, I am aware that, as the times vary, different things appeal to different people. And most of what I read in here is written with my group of people as the audience.
That's why I'd like to hear from some other people.
What is better-- Modern poetry, or classic poetry?
If I had your eyes, I'd be blind. For I can only see out of my own. ~~Carly Van Dort