How Poetry Connects People In The 21st Century

By Stefan

Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is a language which creates
feelings.
Umberto Eco
There are many quotes from remarkable writers and philosophers that tackle the subject of
poetry ever since the time immemorial. A significant number of these attempts can actually be
considered poetry themselves, just for offering innovative ideas dressed in a fine linguistic attire.
What is interesting about the Eco’s statement above, however, is that it has honestly made us
believe that he managed to grasp the integral sense of poetry as a whole and formulate it in no
more than two short sentences. Consequently, we have decided to use it as a starting point for
answering the question whether poetry still connects people in the 21st century and if it does –
can it be characterized as a successful form of communication? Believe it or not, it’s more
complex than it seems at first sight.

Who are the 21st century’s sentries exactly?
Let’s start with the (poetry’s) recipients first. The people of the 21st century can be best depicted
as lonely cowboys and cowgirls, desperately roaming the land, alienated from everyone,
including themselves, yet secretly hoping to come across a tall and dark stranger, someone who
will understand their estrangement without a word; someone willing to share with them that tacit
feeling of theirs, and perhaps offer a way out. On the other hand, this hope for dissolution rests
shy and is basically buried deep inside a huge load of personal insecurities, stress, and anxiety.
Still, we have to return to Eco once more in order to try to set out the two aspects that appear to
be prevalent in the most famous modern Italian writer’s interpretation of poetry’s main purpose (
in our modest opinion, of course):
– Poetry is not a matter of feelings, but a matter of language – meaning that he denies the
creative, often chaotic genius impulse as such and thus puts the equation sign between
the poetry and possession of superior language skills
And secondly:
– Poetry understands an intelligent and intuitive use of language that is bound to cause
emotions – meaning that a true poet has to be fully capable of enticing a feeling that
existed in a recipient all along but they somehow forgot it’s there already. And this has to
be similar to waking up from a pleasant slumber, so to speak.

Now, if we go back once again to our cowboys and cowgirls metaphor, we can finally call into
question the overall position of the poetry as a form of connecting people in the 21st century.
We’ll even allow ourselves a luxury of expressing our own concerns regarding the overuse of
various social networks, texting, and sexting in addition to an omnipresent need for short,
artificial bits of non-relevant content that every individual is exposed to on a daily basis.

Moreover, we can’t help but notice these abhorrent communication forms appear to be
uninvited, yet equal components of our rather chaotic universe that leaves no room for more
sophisticated forms of exchanging information, to our sheer disappointment.

Poetry – a Court Lady on a Spaceship
All in all, it seems that Erato is a long way from home, perfectly lost in a funereal future. Poetry
requires patience; fathoming art and sharing ideas categorically requires it. And somehow, it
seems that our fuse is shorter than ever. According to some studies, the world’s IQ has grown
for 20 points compared to 1950s. On the other hand, understanding poetry has nothing to do
with intelligence; it’s about being intuitive and sensitive to the hidden beauty, which is often
painted by the finest brush that is made solely of words. Poetry is begging us to reconnect with
ourselves first and then reach out to others. And in the end, the most tragic about it is that it
could really offer a lot – should we decide to let her in.

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Top 5 Dystopic Novels

By Stefan

The Internet truly is a wondrous place. It gives us an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends,
find love via free singles dating sites, but most importantly, it allows us to lose ourselves; in the vast
ocean of breathtaking art. If you enjoy watching some of the popular movies and TV shows such as Black
Mirror, The Walking Dead, I Am Legend, and Blade Runner, you will definitely be interested in reading
these 5 amazing dystopian novels. Check out our top 5 list and see which one intrigues you the most.
We recommend them all!

5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Yes, that new popular TV show with the same name was based on this masterpiece by Margaret
Atwood. This classic was originally published back in 1985 and it tells a heartbreaking story about a
dystopian world where women have absolutely no rights. It is a brutal and sad tale about a handmaid
named Offred who struggles to survive in the world completely dominated by men. It is a very powerful
and heavy read, so don’t be surprised if you get really emotional and angry.

4. Synanon Kid by C.A. Wittman
C.A. Wittman is a talented novelist who is inspired by dystopian worlds, dogmatic religion, corrupt
leaders and corporations, and secret pasts. She absolutely thrives on these ideas and her new novel,
Synanon Kid is an exhilarating story about a girl who was kidnapped during a visit to her uncle’s home in
Riverside Valley. She was abducted by two women, members of Synanon cult’s Kidsnatchers group. This
puzzling event changed her life forever. Synanon Kid is a dark, thought-provoking, and mysterious book
that certainly deserves to be on your bookshelf.

3. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
This brilliant book is a definite proof that Anthony Burgess was ahead of his time. As you probably
already know, this masterpiece inspired Stanley Kubrick to create a cult movie with the same name.
Anyway, this novel describes a very depressing dystopian future filled with countless ultra-violent gangs
who are terrorizing the entire England. The story is focused on a violent young man named Alex who is
the leader of his dreadful gang. After one of his "adventures" goes south, Alex gets himself arrested and
while doing his time in the prison, he becomes a subject of a new behavior modification experiment.

2. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Unwind is a truly horrifyingly beautiful dystopian novel set in America after the civil war between Pro-
Life and Pro-Choice parties. As you probably guessed by now, it’s about abortion. After the war, two
factions managed to reach an agreement that guarantees a safe life for all the babies in the country.
However, the dark side of that covenant says that if these babies start causing problems when they
grow up, they have to be sent to an organ harvesting institution.

1. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro                                                                                                                  The innocent and rather careless beginning of this book may fool you, but you must never let your guard
down. This is a story about a young girl named Kathy who while attending a boarding school in England
finds herself in an awkward love triangle. However, as she grows older, Kathy and her friends start to realize that they are just pawns controlled by a dominant system. Their fate is being decided for them
while rebellion remains a distant dream.

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A feeling … (Guest Post)

I’ve been in my own world or

Maybe I’m just living in my own nightmare

I feel paranoid

I feel different

It’s a feeling I can’t explain

Each day here has been really

Different from the others

Each day I hope maybe

Tomorrow things will get better

Maybe it won’t

I’ll just have to wait

For the time when none

Of this will matter anymore

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Leslie Knope Quotes To Live By!

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My Favourite 30 Rock Quotes!

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Quotes About Anxiety

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Slightly More History Drama…

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So I was going over my results last week for my History Assignment 1 and what do I see in the comments section? My TA had written 5% off because I hadn’t handed in on time!

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Well if you’ve been following my History class drama you’ll know that I didn’t hand it in on time because the damn History Department were trying to figure out how to add me to the seminars group online so I can upload the assignment and since it was 100% their fault they hadn’t added me to begin with I was told by my professor that they wouldn’t take off any marks for uploading it a day late!

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So I immediately emailed my Professor who then told the TA marker to change it. He didn’t seem apologetic at all about the matter but my TA (who is super sweet and looks like nerdy Taylor Swift) wrote me an email immediately apologising since she didn’t know she I had been having trouble uploading the assignment which I thought was so sweet since she’s the only one who apologised (and very sweetly might I add!).

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I really hope this is the last thing that goes wrong for me concerning History or anything in general!

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The Real Neat Blog Award

I would like to thank Noriko for nominating me for this award! Please check out Noriko’s blog if you’re interested in anything to do with books!

1.  Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Probably a mixture- an ambivert!

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2. How long have you been blogging?

A little over 2 years now!

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3. What do you love most about blogging?

All the comments and socialising with people I would never otherwise have a chance to talk to!

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4. Who is your favorite author?

There are too many to pick just one!!

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5. What keeps you from attaining goals?

My anxiety.

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6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Doing my Masters and hopefully publishing my first book.

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7. What quality do you look for a friend? What about them attracts you the most?

Loyalty and a similar sense of humour. They just have to be someone I can be myself around.

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