Thursday, August 21, 2008
Hot on the heels of Bad Poetry Day comes Poet's Day, a more serious celebration of this timeless and popular art form. Instead of embarrassing ourselves with bad poetry for creativity's sake, Poet's Day is all about paying tribute to the real deal. Now that you've had some practice this week, try again with a bit more dedication to, you know, the rules and stuff.
But what exactly is a "poet?" The word itself has etymological roots in an ancient Greek word meaning "artisan, creator, or maker." So first and foremost, being a poet is about your dedication to creating something novel and unique. Poetry itself is generally prized for its aesthetic quality, which often holds supremacy over any literal meaning that can be taken from the work. Think of it like painting with words. The overall impression evoked by the poet's words is what is important, not necessarily the grand meaning or morals a reader may try to get out of it.
On Poet's Day, pick up a pencil and some paper and get to scribbling. Read some basic tips if you have no idea where to start, or use a poetry prompt to get some ideas flowing. Please don't hesitate to share your creations in the comments section!