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Poetry Prezi

Why Should You Care About Poetry?

Karsten Sturmay

on 18 May 2010

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Why Should You Care About Poetry? Poetry is just weird old words that rhyme right? Or is it... Poetry Songs Stories Movies News
Articles How does it relate to all of these well known forms of communication? Did you know all songs are essentially free verse poems? Everyday we listen to many different songs and types of music. So how are songs like poems? Many songs rhyme, just like many poems do. Both follow a specific pattern and have a continuous rythme. Poems and songs express thoughts and feelings. Both are extremely effective forms of communication. Poetry is even present inside the newspaper that comes to your house everyday. Narrative Poems tell a story and communicate information just like the news articles of today. Current issues like war and politics are all over the newspaper. There are many poems that cover the exact same issues. A well known example is... In Flanders Field Poems are a very popular form of entertainment, contrary to what you may think. Many plays include a lot of poetry (especially Shakespearean ones). And plays are very similar to one of the greatest forms of communication, the movie. Have you ever seen the world-famous musical/movie West Side Story? It's based on a Shakespearean play, Romeo and Juliet, a tale of two people falling in love who shouldn't. Or... Disney's The Lion King? This movie is based on another Shakespearean play, Hamlet.
It's a story about an uncle who kills the King and the son who tries to reclaim his right to the throne. Does this sound familiar? "Double, double toil and trouble; fire, burn; and
cauldron, bubble...
Eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of
dog." This popular Halloween saying was also written by Shakespeare in another one of his plays, Macbeth. Poems are even similar to stories and novels. The Epic of Gilgamesh Is a poem, one of the oldest known forms of literature. The stone tablets it is written on date all the way back to about 2000 BC, 4000 years ago.

The Tale of Beowulf Is another very old poem, this one in Old English.
It dates to the 11th Century, over 1000 years ago. Although these poems are incredibly old, they contain many elements that are present in fantasy novels today. Filled with stuff like gods, monsters and hereos, they would pass as similar to books like The Lord of The Rings. Speaking of the Lord of The Rings, the novels' author (Tolkien) was one of the leading experts on the Tale of Beowulf in his time. If you look at that poem and his book, you will see multiple similarities. Because it's cool! Now do you see that poetry is all around us? Poetry and other communication forms like songs, news articles, movies and stories just get the message across different ways. Like William Shakespeare would say: "Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them." I hope you too can acheive greatness through the art of poetry. In Conclusion,
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