August 18th Bad Poetry Day

Sure, anybody can write good poetry but for those of us that specialize in bad poetry, today is our day to shine! Since beauty is in the eye of the beholder who has the right to say your poetry is bad!?! What if bad poet critics were the only critics that functioned? Then bad poetry would be considered good poetry and good poetry would be bad! The day was created by the people at Wellcat.com. Why, I’m not sure, perhaps they are the worst of all poets and proudly profess that? And remember, with permission from Wellcat, anyone can write bad poetry! They just have no interest in good poetry.

How to celebrate – Write some bad poetry. Take some good poetry and figure out how to make it bad. Go back to bed and wait for tomorrow.

August 18th Bad Poetry Day

Is there really such a thing as bad poetry!?! You bet there is! Like a bad joke, bad poetry tends to memorable. Try and recite a Walt Whitman poem or one by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow… it’s hard to do! Not only are they more complicated but often like ten pages long! Something like…. I am a poet, and my feet show it, they are Longfellow’s! is really easy to remember. And they are really bad! Poems are supposed to express our feelings at the moment so often they are not all that interesting. Bad ones however stay with us. I once saw a man on the street, walking on both of his feet, he tripped and he fell, on a banana “pell” and then walked home because of it. Can’t get much worse than that!

How to celebrate – Read a book of bad poetry. Make up your own bad poetry. Make a list of the worst poets you have ever heard.

August 18th Bad Poetry Day

Now here’s something we can all do. Write bad poetry. Some even say I excel at it, and I’ll bet you can too! There aren’t many days where we are able to celebrate something we are bad at. And it really doesn’t matter how long these poems are, generally the shorter they are, the better.

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One might even say that a cat, or your animal of choice, could write these. (Just hopefully not in the litter box). It is one of those talents that requires no thought at all, or at least the less is better.

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The real challenge is reading it or listening to it.  Our minds what rhyme and meter. We crave it, so something like… There once was a man from Boston, (The natural next line would have something like awesome included in it) who lived in a house, he wasn’t very rich, which means he was poor. I suppose you could call this a poem, just a bad one, not a good one.

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Or even worse are those containing words that don’t actually exist like… Mostious or likeist. But today you can use any word you want and any non-rhyme pattern you like. It is bad poetry day… the one day a year where doing our worst is actually our best.

How to celebrate – Write a bad poem. Read a book of known bad poetry. Become a poetry critic.

August 18th Bad Poetry Day

Today is one of those days we all fear. When something goes wrong in a poem we hear. Maybe the poets on drugs, or needs a good hug! Or better a kick in the rear!

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And this here guy here was a poet. And if you lived back then you’da knowed it. He was hard to understand, but I think it was his plan. So you’d go to his play where he showed it.

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And what’s with poems that don’t rhyme?  Aren’t they really just paragraphs in a line? But in the end, they really offend, those of us that read them.

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So here’s to the people at Wellcat.com for creating this day to keep us all calm. For we’d all have to say that we liked poetry the way, every poet wrote ’em.

How to celebrate – Learn the difference between a poem and a limerick (Obviously I didn’t!) Send your best friend a poem you know is bad and see how they react. Try to name at least five famous poets without cheating!

May 12th Limerick Day

A limerick is a 5 line poem, normally humorous, where the first, second and fifth lines rhyme and the third and forth lines rhyme. It was born in Limerick, Ireland (Third largest city in Ireland) with the father being Edward Lear (!812-1888).

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Lear wrote the “Book of Nonsense” featuring his limericks in 1846, it became a hit and added another dimension to a poets world. Lear lived in Limerick, Ireland obviously finding life filled with humor, or at least professing it should be filled with humor.

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So today as you read this blog

On this site which you have now logged

Together we’ll find

A way to stimulate the mind

Of which, has so long, been a fog

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How to celebrate – Read the “Book of Nonsense”. Write your own limericks. Speak only in limerick today.

 

August 21st Poet’s Day

I am stealing this description of poetry from someone else because I have never heard a better definition. “At it’s most base description, poetry is a form of writing that uses the aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of a language, combined with simile and metaphor, to bring out meanings deeper than the mere definition of the words”(they were not quoted so I am not sure who they were).

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Poetry is meant to capture the moment in time it was written, whether that is historic, legendary, rhetoric, song, drama, or comedy. In England they called their poets ‘Bards’, of which the most famous, of course, was William Shakespeare. His poetry was turned into plays and performed before audiences both then, as well as now. His poems teach us about how people lived in his day, what they thought, and some of the history that went on around them. Living peacefully was the desire of most poets, even though they often referred to wars going on around them, their hope was for peace among all mankind. Perhaps since man has walked the face of the earth, the desire for peace has always been in the forefront. Perhaps that’s why there are a lot of poems a there certainly have been a lot of wars.

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Emotions always run stronger during the time of war, love is more cherished, and the moments of peace are so welcome. Rudyard Kipling tries to get us up close and personal to war in “GungaDin”.

There are more than 50 styles of poetry, the most common are Haiku, free verse, sonnets, and name poems. They all have been used to try and describe war and the gambit of emotions people go through while living in those times. Poets like Walt Whitman fought during the American Civil War but served as a nurse while he wrote of the horrors of war.

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Another favorite subject is all about love. Here poets try to describe something that most of us know can’t be described. Love is not about words, but nearly every poet that has ever lived has tried to explain it. Some of us know better, but I  admire their persistence. You can describe a rose because you can see it, but love is something different in everybody’s eyes. Perhaps the best poets for love are the many songwriters out there that add another layer to the meaning by describing it in song, another feeling you cannot see.

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And of course nature is a popular subject for poets, or more so, the destruction of nature. “I think that I shall never see. A poem lovely as a tree.”, by Joyce Kilmer explains it all. There is little doubt that we are destroying nature around us. Maybe someday it will only live in poems but Kilmer is correct, no poem can be as beautiful as the subject it is describing. Not that poems aren’t beautiful or useful, they are, but so often they are trying to teach us about emotions that they can never quite reach the same end.

Then there are the tales of the bizarre, as in Edgar Allan Poe’s, “The Raven”. You sort of have to wonder what he was on when he wrote his poems. They are exciting, but very, very dark.

Some of the best poets of all time are listed here, along with those I’ve already mentioned. Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, William Blake, Elzabeth Barrett Browning, Maya Angelou, Williams Wordsworth, Alfred Lord Tennyson Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Robert Burns, Carl Sandberg, John Keats, Robert Browning, George Gordon Byron, Ogden Nash, OscarWilde, E.E. Cummings, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Louis Stevenson, T.S. Elliot, Henry David Thoreau, J. R.R. Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, and Percy Oyssae Shelly.

How to celebrate – Try writing a poem yourself, if it’s good enough, see if you can get it published. Read poems from the masters as those listed above. Come to an understanding of the different styles of poetry.