Member Rara Avis
A very interesting conversation.
I think Denise has the line in this thread that stuck out the most for me:
quote:I would agree with this completely. Even if you go back to the balladeers, Shakespeare, etc., you find the common man isn't so much into the poetry as much as they are the social and entertainment aspects. As also has been mentioned, those areas have been filled by numerous other things, shuffling poetry off to the more 'intellectual' and 'romantic' side.
I think that the average man on the street has never had any great interest in poetry.
I think back to High School and Junior High and I remember that poetry was a big part of communication between the sexes and also a big medium for telling jokes. I don't recall my poetry classes (if I had any) but I do remember that pretty much everyone wrote something they called 'poetry' at one time or another.
Today - I still know tons of people who, if they don't write it, at least appreciate poetry. Most of them wouldn't likely be able to tell you who their favorite poet was (or you'd end up with an answer like you suggested Michael)... but I BET, if you asked people here at Passions, you'd end up with a very similar response.
I don't think that Free Verse is any harder or easier to read the rhymed poetry. I think it is far more open to vagueness, which makes it easier to be misunderstood, or difficult to understand. There is something about Free Verse that leaves one open to multiple meanings, vague impressions, etc. But you can do the same in a rhyming poem, or NOT do it in free verse. I personally feel that what many consider free verse is just random thoughts without any serious intent behind it, made easier because it doesn't have to rhyme. Of course, I also feel a lot of rhymed poetry is just random thoughts without any serious intent behind it, made easier because the rhyme helps distract the reader from vacuity.
Oh - and a final comment. No one would ever think of using your book to start a fire Mike... it'd last MUCH longer as a dartboard!