This is going to be a weird, short post. Before I insult half the population of Earth, let me start by saying : I respect everyone’s opinions about the things they love/hate. I recognize not everyone shares the same opinion as me, and I’m very interested in understanding other people’s view points, even if they differ greatly from mine. So when I say the things I’m about to say about Poetry, please show me the same respect I’m giving you and understand that you don’t have to agree with me, but I hope you’ll at least respect my opinion. I’m posting this for discussion purposes, not to make anyone feel bad!
Now for the nitty gritty: I dislike poetry, bordering on HATE. I’m not sure I can explain why, but whenever I run across a blog that posts poetry frequently, I have a tendency to un-follow them. This isn’t something new. Even when I was a teenager I never really felt the need to write poetry or read it. I had some very close friends who avidly wrote poetry, and to be honest, it made me want to run away before they started making me read it. I just… don’t get it. I understand that poetry is an art form mean to represent ideas and emotions in a stylized, almost lyrical way… but it holds absolutely no interest for me. It’s like reading the label on the back of a cereal box, minus the small useful bits of knowledge.
Now that isn’t to say that I haven’t read a poem or two that I thought was good. I was forced to read some Robert Frost in high school English, and I did enjoy one or two of his poems. However, for the most part, I just couldn’t care less. It strikes me as sort of odd because I am a very creative person. I am very much into artistic works of all kinds, and I have a great love of creative writing…. I just don’t like poetry. Is that strange? (don’t even get me started on haiku’s. I don’t even.)
I’m interested to hear other opinions on the subject. Do you like poetry? Hate it? I’d love to hear why your opinion goes either way. Also, are there any other forms of artistic creativeness that you dislike or “don’t get” outside of poetry? Personally, I’m not a big fan of photo-manipulation. I will acknowledge it as a useful skill that does take talent to do properly… but I don’t know that I consider it a true art form. I also don’t get abstract art. I mean… really. Sure, it can be beautiful and creative… but any 5th grader with a ruler and tempera paints can probably re-create it.
Let us take a moment to complain about the art forms we don’t understand or see the appeal of, and find out what about them appeals to other people. Maybe we’ll learn something new and gain a different perspective. If you have an opinion to share, I’d love to hear about it!