Tue 16 Aug 2005
Through two intensive years of both American and British poets and authors, I have gained a strong sense of likes and dislikes in the poetry world. One poet for whom I carry a deep admiration for is Edgar Allan Poe. Poe carries a double-edged sword in his poetry. On a more obvious level, Poe evokes sadness in his rhymes, as clearly seen in my favorite poem of his, “The Raven”. But, on the other hand, his poetry, whether a person likes it or not, calls to be appreciated. His perfect rhyme and rhythm scemes are brilliantly added into his poetry, though often critisized as childish or unnecessary by other poets of his time. Regardless, the fact that Poe is able to take tragic scenes from his own life and encapture his readers with such admiration and awe is magnificently clever and crafty.
Through studying Poe and his rhyming scheme, I have developed a strong appreciation and awe for any poet who can complete such a daunting task in their poetry. In my second year of literature, I was introduced to Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales”, another piece of poetry fluent in perfect rhyme and rhythm. On top of this feat, “The Canterbury Tales” also boasts humorous aspects as well as social satire, both of which have captured audiences for centuries. In my opinion, any poet or piece of poetry that can captivate different generations of people for great amounts of time is simply excellent, and nothing less than ingenius.