The Importance Of Modern Poetry

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For ages, humans have relied on poetry as a form of expression. From the ancients to the modernists, poetry has survived. At least, the word “poetry” itself has survived. Poetry is continually changing. What was once a very pattern-oriented, structured art with tight boundaries has transformed into, quite frankly, anything its author wants it to be. Therefore, as opposed to the pedantic nature of older poetry, modern poetry has become more free, with less focus on intense organization, which allows the modern poet to have complete creative control over their work.
In particular, older society was centered around etiquette. This explains the use of stiff patterns throughout poetry; going against tradition was practically a crime. The people could not effectively break from society, metaphorically or literally. One of the
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Authors such as Walt Whitman broke many assumed rules of poetry, or at least those set by his predecessors. For instance, in “18” of Song of Myself, Whitman uses no obvious, gimmicky rhyme. The closest thing to a rhyme in this poem is “come” and “drums” (Whitman 80), which seems more like an effective use of meter rather than a purposeful rhyme. This strong use of meter is evident when one reads the poem; it at first does not appear to be a poem by society’s standards, but the words seem to “fit” even though unbelievably they do not rhyme. It is as if one read a poem in paragraph form, similar to prose, but with the feel of a pattern. This use of free form brought to light a new “definition” of poetry, one that has less requirements than the ones before it. Sonnets and patterns are still extremely common in this time period, but there are more instances of authors who chose to resist against the standard poem. Authors like Whitman added onto what poetry could potentially be, not just strict rhyme and regulation but also free, honest, and

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