What Can Poetry Teach Us?

Ok, I know this is a lot that I am sharing here, but it is a great discussion on poetry, and include some amazing poems. It is definitely worth taking the time to read it!
Thank you, Mairi, for taking the time to write and organize this!
Peace,
Sherrie

Up the Creek with a pen ...

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.

William Wordsworth

Several years ago, I went to ‘Breakfast With Poets and Ideas,’ an event at Melbourne University. A selection of guest poets discussed why they wrote poetry and who or what motivated them.

They discussed the question: Can poets change the times they live in?

  • Is it okay to philosophise with your pen? 
  • Can writing be political?
  • Should it be political?
  • Do poets simply share what they see or think at a particular time?
  • Are poets revealing their feelings, arousing emotions and trying to change attitudes?

What is the purpose of poetry?

  • Is it primarily a mental exercise, a playing with words to amuse self and the reader?
  • Should teaching or preaching be secondary – perhaps non-existent?
  • Must there be a message -what of the inner child?

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Author: Sherrie Miranda

I am an author who writes in order to create more peace and understanding in the world. I am a teacher who has taught students from many countries of the world. I am also a life and writing coach. I love to travel and first traveled to other countries before finally deciding to see some of the U.S., places that foreigners I met have been to, but that I hadn't. I am happily married to a teacher who identifies himself first, as a musician. We hope to someday travel together to places where I read my novel(s) and speak to people about loving life while Angelo plays his piano and entertains the audience too. I also hope to assist seniors and troubled teens to write their life stories in order to heal. Life has much to offer so I always encourage young people to hang in there and know that things WILL get better.

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