It’s Poetry Friday. I hope you like my new logo for my weekly post.
I’ve been browsing through some of my older poems, published or unpublished. One of the wonderful things about being a poet, is that, if you write regularly you have hundreds and hundreds of poems, of different lengths and styles and structures and topics and even of different quality. But when I opened the poem I am going to share today, one particular thing struck me. I’ll let you read it, and then I’ll tell you what I wondered.
lost and found
(Poem Copyright Sally Murphy.)
Did you wonder the same thing I did? The thing that struck me is, that although this poem was written only 9 years ago, it might be a poem which many may young readers would not relate to. Why? Because printed newspapers are becoming less a part of everyday life, and a consequence of this is that even some of the subjects I mention might not be the newspaper a child might observe. And, though this thought came later, a lot of the ‘news’ in the newspaper is not new at all – because we have so much access to almost-instant news through the internet and television.
And then of course I wondered if poems really do become outdated. When I was a child, I read poems about things that were not part of the contemporary world – nursies and counterpanes in R. L. Stevenson’s poetry, for example. But what I loved anyway was the structures and the words. I loved the word counterpane long before I understood what one was! And of course there is poetry that goes back way way way before that.
What ‘old’ poems do you still connect with? I’d love to hear.
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