Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Nischala's Blog-o-Q : How did poetry originate?

I've always liked poetry , and enjoyed reading poems. Over the last few months, I have also attempted to write some poems ; and have enjoyed it.

The beauty of reading a poem is that the interpretation of a poem is completely based on your thinking and imagination; and there's no right or wrong!

The beauty in writing a poem is that you can play with words, you can be as clear or cryptic as you want, you can say what you want & not really say what you don't want and there are no constraints on length, topics - It's all your choice!

I've been wondering about how Poetry originate? As I did some reading and research, sharing some interesting information I found:

* Poetry as an art form predates literacy. Some of the earliest poetry is believed to have been orally recited or sung. Following the development of writing, poetry has since developed into increasingly structured forms, though much poetry since the late 20th century has moved away from traditional forms towards the more vaguely defined free verse and prose poem formats.

Poetry was employed as a way of remembering oral history, story (epic poetry), genealogy, and law. Poetry is often closely related to musical traditions, and much of it can be attributed to religious movements. Many of the poems surviving from the ancient world are a form of recorded cultural information about the people of the past, and their poems are prayers or stories about religious subject matter, histories about their politics and wars, and the important organizing myths of their societies.

Poetry as an art form may predate literacy. Thus many ancient works, from the Vedas (1700 - 1200 BC) to the Odyssey (800 - 675 BC), appear to have been composed in poetic form to aid memorization and oral transmission, in prehistoric and ancient societies.
[Src:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_poetry ]

* Poetry (ancient Greek: ποιεω (poieo) = I create) is an art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content. It consists largely of oral or literary works in which language is used in a manner that is felt by its user and audience to differ from ordinary prose [Src: http://www.poetry.org/whatis.htm ]

* Poetry, in  a sense, is the art of making nothing mean something. Famed French poet and playwright, Jean Cocteau once said that, “A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Much in the way a gardener does not scent his roses.” True poetry is often regarded as having no meaning but the one the reader ascribes to it. Much the way the smell of flowers may stir emotions or invoke memories in someone.  That is not to say that poetry can’t also have a structure or a specific theme, it is still usually full of metaphor and embellishment. [Src: http://planetpov.com/2011/03/07/a-brief-history-of-poetry/ ]

* The oldest poem ever written is from 3000 BC. It is called the Epic of Gilgamesh. It was found in Mesopotamia. The poem, based on the history of King Gilgamesh, was written around 3000 BC in Sumer, Mesopotamia in cuneiform script on clay tablets.

Additional Readings
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_poetry
http://www.poetry.org/whatis.htm
http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/ari/poe/poe05.htm
http://www.poemofquotes.com/articles/history-of-poetry.php
http://planetpov.com/2011/03/07/a-brief-history-of-poetry/
http://www.types-of-poetry.org.uk/

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