An Analysis Of Stephen Fry 's Poetry Essay

1179 Words Nov 6th, 2015 5 Pages
Any attempt to write sensibly about poetry leads to the core question of what poetry is and how it is composed. Poetry has always been attributed the virtues of having a unique artistic, expressive, inventive and perceptive quality. The very nature of aestheticism itself is to evolve, develop and come into itself, to adapt and capture anything from the nuance of a fleeting disposition to the voracious uproar of a generation. At the same time, what we deem as Great is almost exclusively Great in retrospect. Nostalgia has a dirty habit of making us lust for an unobtainable past; of clinging onto the romance of a tragedy that, at the time, would have destroyed us. Stephen Fry has launched his attack on modern verse for abandoning the wearisome conventions of its traditional format, but is daring to pertain to a deeper significance, drenched in colour and vivacity, enthused with an effervescence that breaks free from the customary principles of elitist poetic culture really such a terrible thing?
To begin with, Fry initiates his condemnation upon contemporary poetry for its ignorance towards form and structure. He boldly declares that “we have all been encouraged to believe that form is a kind of fascism”, overruling it in place of the comfort of “free-form meanderings”. To resign free-form poetry to a system of sole “meanderings” implies that it has no course, wandering aimlessly and without reason, coiling and twisting around words in a clumsy and aloof manner. In fact,…

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