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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There Is A Place (Guest Post)

There is a place,

Where the moon

Isn’t afraid to say

How much it loves the stars

 

There is a place,

Made of glass

So aesthetic yet so fragile,

 

A promise which was meant to last forever

Didn’t matter anymore

And suddenly

And these pieces start to scream in dark

They scream for someone to hear them

To fix them back

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College Romance (Guest Post)

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I Closed My Eyes (Guest Post)

I closed my eyes to forget you,

I closed my eyes but saw you.

I should’ve known before,

that you were using me to score,

in front of the people you adore.

 

When I got into trouble,

you gave your hand.

When I wanted to ramble,

you held my hand.

Then why?

Why did you throw a dart,

straight into my heart?

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Top 5 Must-Read Books By The End Of This Summer (Guest Post)

It’s that time of the year when millions of people decide to leave their homes and seek unforgettable summer adventures. Most of them are trying to find a perfect beach to cool off, others are more interested in fresh mountain air, and some of them are simply looking for a new local dating place where they can find a new romance. At the end of the day, all of these journeys require traveling. Now, it doesn’t matter if you’re traveling by plane, bus, or a train, you simply have to bring a few books to read in order to kill some time. Many people claim that books are the perfect companions for a summer adventure, so we decided to share 5 awesome books you absolutely must read by the end of this season.

Into the Water – Author: Paula Hawkins

If you’re looking for a chilling, exhilarating, and mind-blowing thriller for this summer, “Into The Water” should definitely be on your must-read list for this year’s vacation. This is the first novel Paula Hawkings wrote since “The Girl on the Train”. We waited a long time for her new masterpiece and it’s finally here. At the beginning of this thriller, a mother and a girl are found at the bottom of a river. You may think the cause of death is an accidental drowning, but the actual truth lies deeply buried in the past.

Men without Women – Author: Haruki Murakami

No one tackles the modern problems better than Haruki Murakami. This book is actually a collection of various and interesting stories about lonely and unfortunate men. A plastic surgeon who cannot look beyond his girlfriends’ physical flaws, a jazz enthusiast who becomes a barkeep after his wife cheats on him, and a man who wakes up as Gregor Samsa from Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Three unusual stories you will definitely find rather interesting.

The Half-Drowned King – Author: Linnea Hartsuyker

If you’re a fan of hit TV shows like Game of Thrones and Vikings, this book will knock your socks off. It’s a story about Ragnvald Eysteinsson who is betrayed by his avaricious stepfather. In order to reclaim his right to the throne, he pledges his sword to a young warrior who aspires to become the king. This revenge tale is full of noble heroes who are fighting for power. An extracting adventure that will wake up your inner Viking warrior.

Autumn – Author: Karl Ove Knausgaard

How can a book called “Autumn” be a good read for the summer season? Well, considering the fact that the summer is almost over, Karl Ove decided that the end of August is the perfect time to publish his story. Autumn starts with a short letter Karl writes to his unborn daughter. Through this piece, he’s trying to describe her the beauties and pitfalls of material and natural world. This book is the first part of the quartet that will be based on the four seasons.

Marlena – Author: Julie Buntin

Julie’s book tells a super realistic story of a troubled teenager named Cat who lives with her single mom in Michigan. Clearly dissatisfied with her life, Cat is slowly, but surely becoming rather depressed. Then, when she least expects it, a neighbour girl called Marlena enters her boring life. She immediately changes Cat’s daily routine by pulling her into the world of sex, drugs, and other vices. A perfect read for your summer vacation.

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Top 5 Must-Watch TV Series by the End of This Summer (Guest Post)

Seeing as most of the action has been taken off the big screen and into our TV devices, it’s only natural that there are so many great shows out there to watch. So, instead of spending your summer checking what famous people on Snapchat are doing every day, why not binge-watch one (or more) of these awesome shows?

1. Game of Thrones

Yes, we are fully aware that the latest season of Game of Thrones is nearly over, however, that doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to remind yourself of the good, old times when Sean Bean and Jason Momoa were still on the show.

The epic fantasy show has been running since 2011, with its second to last season broadcasting the final episode on August 27. HBO really outdid itself with this one, because it turned a somewhat well-known series of books into a global phenomenon full of sex, violence and freaking dragons we all know and love.

2. Rick and Morty

It may seem like a silly kid’s show, but it’s nothing of the sort – Rick and Morty follows the titular characters, a super-smart scientist and his not-so-smart grandson on their dark and hilarious adventures through many ridiculous scenarios.

This Adultswim animated show is currently airing its third season with four more episodes left. With Justin Roiland voicing both of the series’ main characters, you’re bound for one hell of a ride with this show

3. The Man in the High Castle

When it comes to alternative history, no TV show comes close to the Amazon Original The Man in the High Castle. Instead of the Allied Forces winning WWI, this show depicts an alternate North America that lost the war to the Nazis.

Season 2 of this show aired in December 2016, while its third season is yet to come to our small screens this year. That’s exactly why you should catch up to the story that features actors like Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank, DJ Qualls, and more.

4. Ozark

If you liked Breaking Bad, you’ll simply love Ozark. Imagine not only Walter White, but his whole family being in on the criminal activity whilst trying to avoid being murdered by a drug cartel – this pretty much sums up the plot of Ozark.

It just began airing this year with the finale of season 1 hitting our TVs in late July. Jason Bateman and Laura Linney are the main stars of this Netflix masterpiece, which means you absolutely have to binge-watch it while it’s fresh.

5. Lucifer

God, devil, religion – all of these are rather controversial topics, unless you hand them over to Fox and let them make a TV show about it. Lucifer tells the story of, well, Lucifer, who decided to quit ruling Hell by moving to Los Angeles on opening a night club.

The show is packed with amazing humour mostly coming from Tom Ellis, who plays the lead role, but it also features incredible acting and some awesome action scenes. Season 2 ended in late May this year, so better get on with binge-watching this masterpiece before the next season hits in October.

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Top 5 Must-Watch Movies by the End of this Summer (Guest Post)

The favorite season of many is almost gone, paving its way to a golden brown fall. And what better way is to fight the re-emerging autumnal nostalgia that slowly but surely closes in on us but to head to a local movie theatre and see what they have on the menu? After all, the entire year of 2017 is basically a huge cinematic buffet – according to the sounding announcements we have all witnessed throughout the year at least. Still, there are some headlines that have just premiered or are expected to make grand debuts soon, so we’ve decided to choose the freshest 5 we believe are the must-watch movies by the end of this summer.

 

#1 Annabelle: Creation

Genre: horror/thriller/fantasy

Release date: 8/11/2017

 

The horror fans are already thinking highly of the second installment of Annabelle (the first one didn’t go so well), which is taking place in The Conjuring universe. Rest assured this one is definitely worthy of your time, especially if you’re into creepy themes and you still think that Chucky rules. Annabelle: Creation takes place 12 years after the horrid accident dollmaker and his wife had when they suffered a tragic loss of a daughter. Now, they decide to give a shelter to a nun taking care of the group of local orphans. After all, Annabelle is safely locked away so she can’t hurt anyone…can she?

 

 

#2 The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Genre: comedy/action

Release date: 8/18/2017

 

With stars such as Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds and Gary Oldman we believe there’s simply no room for failure. The Hitman’s Bodyguard bursts with action and jokes that entice a genuine laugh. It might not be an Academy award material but it’s still pretty fun to watch, especially in the summer, when hard subjects and dramas are certainly to be avoided by all means. So we warmly suggest you this story of a bodyguard who is supposed to protect a hitman who needs to testify in International Court of law because we’re sure you’ll have a blast.

 

 

#3 Dunkirk

Genre: historical

Release date: 7/21/2017

 

According to IMDb, this is the first film from Christopher Nolan that is actually based on historical facts. It takes place during the WWII, and it tells the story about allied soldiers from Belgium, the UK, and France being evacuated while they are completely surrounded by Germans. And we can all agree there’s no better way to wake up from that heat-caused, summer slumber than being shaken up by a strong story about sacrifice and survival.

 

 

#4 Spider-Man: Homecoming

Genre: sci-fi, adventure, action

Release date: 7/7/2017

 

We get to meet Peter Parker as a teenager while he tries to align his high school life with the one belonging to his alter-ego, Spider-man. On the other hand, the city of New York is threatened once again by new and stronger evildoers so the Spider-man must come to the rescue! It’s needless to say this is a great new achievement from Marvel Studio that is perfectly suitable both for younger and older audience.

 

 

#5 Tulip Fever

Genre: Romance

Release date: 9/1/2017

 

Now, this is something to look forward, especially if you’re an incurable romantic and crave the times when online dating services didn’t exist. The trailer promises everything: a gorgeous orphaned girl who is practically sold to a wealthy but old merchant who hires a young artist to paint his young but miserable wife in the 17th century when the entire city of Amsterdam got caught in the tulip obsession (hence the title). Keep in mind that Alicia Vikander is already an Academy award winner so we’re really expecting her to give us all she’s got in this one!

 

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Pen Over People (Guest Post)

She prefers the pen in her hand,

over the company of the people.

The pen never yells or screams,

Instead it leads to wonderful worlds.

It unleashes her creativity.

It is her weapon and they better beware.

Leona Petrovic (aka inkgirlwords) really does prefer the company of a pen over people. Her blog (https://inkgirlandwords.wordpress.com/) is the child of her creativity and features a lot of poetry and stories, including other posts. She aspires to be an author and is working on a novel.

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Signs He’s Falling In Love (Guest Post)

Is your man distant and emotionally unavailable? Well, join the club! Joking aside, the local dating scene is packed with indifferent and frigid guys who simply don’t know how to express emotions. You probably experienced something like this with your own partner in crime, but there’s no need to panic. You have to remain calm and keep your eyes peeled for signs of love that will put your mind at ease. Below you can see the subtle hints that say – I’m in love with you, woman!

He Introduces You To His Closest Friends

A man’s “entourage” is like the extension of his family. Every guy has those couple of buddies that are like brothers to him. If your guy decides to introduce you to his best friends, well, you can stop worrying because he’s madly in love with you. Trust us, this is one of the biggest indicators of pure love and trust. Also, if his friends happen to like you and vice versa, you can start looking for a wedding dress.

Good Or Bad News – He Calls You First

Every single man out there has that special person with whom they share both good and bad news. However, this person doesn’t always have to be their girlfriend. If your partner feels comfortable enough to share the good and bad news with you, before he tells anyone else, you can be sure he loves you. This type of behaviour is a sure sign that he cares about you and that he trusts you more than anyone else.

He Spends Most Of His Free Time With You

Relationships can sometimes be rather demanding. Therefore, most guys out there are spending their free time with their friends or they simply choose to enjoy some much-needed “alone” time. You can’t blame your boyfriend for having the need to isolate himself every once in a while, but if he chooses to spend his precious free time with you, he is completely and utterly in love with you.

He Includes You In His Plans For The Future

Most men are deathly afraid of talking about the future with their significant others. They know that if they start planning ahead, it means things are getting pretty serious. However, if your man is ready to talk about your future together, you can be sure he’s in for a long haul.

He Introduces You With His Family

Men are usually pretty close with their moms and dads, and they don’t bring a lot of girls home to meet the parents. If he decides to introduce you to his beloved family, you have nothing to worry about, he’s mad about you. This is, without a doubt, one of the biggest signs your man is in deeply in love with you. It means he is sure about your relationship and that he wants to keep you in his life for a long time.

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Journey On The Coast (Guest Post)

By Mukund Pathak

Not afraid of result

As long as I am walking

That breeze

Passing by, that colorful sky

All I feel

That tears too

Now feel good

Cause it teaches

The essence of poetry

Sometimes​  friends

Sometimes  enemy

Make me help

Find my lost identity …..

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