Poems, Pics and Vids

Poetry as a written piece to read alone is often interpreted in our minds, we visualise what we are reading as we follow the narrative of the poem. The thing about reading is, every single one of us is likely to read and interpret a poem in a different way to how it was read and intended to be perceived. Something that I think helps with helping readers interpret poems is visual based content like, photos and videos. It is easier for someone to visualise the narrative of a poem by seeing clips or photos that relate.

The idea of using multimedia to boost understanding and interest, it shows adaption. I would say the majority of popular poets out there that have a sufficient fan base, have published, CD’s, uploaded performance videos or have experimented with audio overlaying a video that relates to their poem topic.

This poems, pics and vids approach works well especially sharing online; it has become rather successful especially on social media site. This is because hardly anybody has time to read a long block text poem, but they do have time to watch and listen. There is a notion that as time has gone on we have become impatient, we want everything instantly with minimal effort. I personally think that’s why these poetry videos have accrued and I’m sure there are others that also think this.

We are in the digital age everyone is hooked up to continuous flowing material; it’s easy for us to find anything, anywhere at any time.  It’s all about exposure, a lot of videos based on poems will show a poet performing, this makes viewers feel connected visually and emotionally, this is because we can hear their voice, the tone, the narrative and its intentions. We can also see the poet, we can read their body language, we feel like we are on the same level, I’m a person and so is he/she. Poetry has broken this boundary of paper and books; it has started to feed our visual cravings.

Poetry will never ever become just an online source but I think that videos, audio and images will get more and more integrated in to poetry online. Which over time could boost some more interest, poetry performance is very popular in America currently, there is movement here in the UK, events are held and videos do go viral, the exposure is present but the popularity is lacking. The more these videos circulate, the number of views will rise, which at a steady pace should show a rise in popularity.

© Poetry Phenomenon 2014


From Paper to the Web

DSC_0156As technology has progressed we have had to adapt. We now have access to millions of online sources. As we have adapted to the use of the World Wide Web, we have witnessed the internet progress from a basic format to being able to create high quality sites, pages and posts. Everything is linked to an online source, to spread the word and increase popularity, not only that but these sites are accessible anywhere. Most forms of literature are now available to download to computers and products such as kindle. This applies to most forms of literature, books, poetry, articles, newspapers and many other formats.

Poetry is popular but it’s not advertised which causes a decline in the exposure of poetry in society. It is obvious that literature will always have a place in society but will continue to decline as technology progresses. What is clear to see through the progression from paper to the internet, is bringing poetry into the modern age by using a mixture of text, video and photos which works to increase interest in poetry. There are a range of sites and most are linked to social media sites, such as facebook, twitter and youtube. For the majority these links show a reasonable online presence but not always a following that would create a long lasting effect.

It is not only the progression to online we are witnessing when it comes to increasing the awareness and popularity of poetry. A rise in performance, spoken word poetry is overtaking written based; this seems to be the latest trend. This modern take on poetry captures the true intensity of a poem; minimal interpretation is need from the view. Whereas when reading a poem it is very easy to read the context, narrative direction and emotion wrong. These performances are posted online in multimedia style posts, video footage of the performance itself and audio which is considered visually pleasing.

For poetry blogs/websites to run successfully there needs to be a variety of content and context to gain and maintain interest from online audiences. These sites are one of the main ways to keep poetry alive as well as making people aware of events and news. These sites much like poetry literature will not disappear as long as there is interest.

© Poetry Phenomenon 2014

Are we all Poets?!


Poetry is something we all have, it comes hand in hand with our emotions. Happiness, sadness, anger and pretty much every emotion you can think of. So why can only some of us express these poetic lines that form in our minds when we have the time to sit and reflect? Whilst others cannot or don’t realise they can?

Are we all poets?

This question has been on my mind for a while. When thinking about styles of poetry it almost so very straight forward to call anyone a poet. For example a metaphor could be perceived as a very basic form of poetry e.g. ‘Her mood was like the storm outside, unforgiving.’ Even something this basic creates an image in our minds. Poems are a collection of words that project an image with few or many words.

Some of us take naturally to poetry, is this because we are more in touch with our emotion, expression or both?  Or is is it because we cannot express our feelings in a normal conversation?

So are we all poets? In my opinion yes, we are all poets but some of us are being poetic unintentionally through the use of emotion. Where as others think poetically and see things in a poetic light. Revealing that poets feel the need to capture memories, sights, sounds and emotions in the lines of a poem as a form of expression or remembrance.

© Poetry Phenomenon 2014