Poetry essay: Introducing someone to poetry

Do you know someone who hasn’t read a lot of poetry?  Maybe because they aren’t familiar with poetry, don’t think they have an interest in it, or maybe because they don’t like the poems they have read?  Are you curious how you might introduce them to poetry so that they might find something they like?  Here are some ideas for the kinds of poetry you can start with:

  • Poetry that makes sense. If you are trying to introduce someone to poetry, starting with something obscure might only lead to confusion.  Instead, start with poetry with a clear meaning.
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  • Poetry that fits form. Sometimes if people aren’t used to poetry, they might think that poetry needs to have meter and beat.  If you are trying to introduce someone to poetry, this might be a good type to start with.  In a good way, from their perspective, you would be starting with poetry that “sounds like a poem”.
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  • Poetry that is safe. Stay away from poetry with controversial subjects or objectionable content.  Don’t start with poems that might make a person want to argue or might turn them away.
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  • Poetry that is famous. There are a number of poems that fit the above ideas that are well known.  You might start with these poems, especially if the poems were written some time ago.  A poem that has stood the test of time, by a poet that the person has heard of, might be a better starting point than a new poem written by someone the person isn’t aware of.
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  • Poetry that is humorous. Humorous poetry can be a good introduction to poetry.  Funny limericks or other styles that might sound like jokes can be a way to show someone poems that they might like.
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  • Poetry about a subject the person likes. Does the person like birds?  Do they like baseball?  Do they like food?  Whatever the person likes, you can find poetry about that subject.  Starting with something the person already likes can be a good way to begin the introduction to poetry.
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  • Poetry that is short. If someone is just starting to look at poetry, they might not want to read something that is pages and pages long.  If you stick to poems that are half a page or less, you might fare better in keeping the person’s interest.

These are just some ideas.  There are others as well.  The main point of them is to find poems that the person is comfortable with and that they might like as a way to start introducing them to poetry.  Hopefully you’ll be able to find something the person likes and you’ll be able to introduce them to the world of poetry.