Sometimes you might encounter someone who doesn’t like poetry. They might even speak badly of it.
In these situations, although you would never want to argue with someone, you might feel the need to try to get the person to change their mind about poetry. You might like poetry and feel the person doesn’t really understand it. You might think that if you can explain something about poetry that the person might come to appreciate it.
If you think this could be so, here are ten ideas for how you can try to get a person to change their mind about poetry.
First, you could point out that the person might actually like some kinds of poetry. For example, you could tell them a funny limerick and see if they laugh. If they do, you could point out that the just enjoyed a poem.
You could also point out poetry on greeting cards. Maybe the person liked some they have seen.
Additionally, you could point out that songs and poems have a lot in common. You could read them some song lyrics from songs they like and show how they resemble poetry.
Lastly, you could point out poems from advertising. Sometimes advertising has rhyming jingles and similar things and you could point out that these are poetry if the person likes or remembers some of them.
Second, you could point out to the person that not all poetry is the same. While they may not like some styles of poetry, there are numerous others. You could show them different kinds of poetry and see if there is a style they like.
Third, you could ask the person what they don’t like about poetry. They might say things like, “It doesn’t make any sense” or “It is silly” or “It is just a bunch of flowery words”. Whatever they say, you could find poetry that isn’t like that and introduce the person to it.
Fourth, you could focus on poetry that is more mainstream. Find poets people have heard of even if they don’t think they like poetry. Poems from these poets might be more appealing to the person.
Fifth, you could find poetry that relates to something the person has experienced. For example, if the person had a disease, you could show them poetry by other people who had the disease. The connection might help them to appreciate it.
Sixth, a person might not like poetry because they don’t see it as being written by people like them. For example, if the person is conservative, realistic, and masculine, they might feel that poetry is written by liberal, intellectual, feminists. Whatever the disparity, you can find poets that resemble the person. You can show them that people like them do write poetry.
Seventh, you could try to find poetry about topics the person likes. If the person likes golf, for example, you could find poetry about that. If the person likes cars, you could find poetry about that. Whatever the interest is, if you can find poetry related to it, the person might be more likely to enjoy it.
Eighth, you could remind the person that reading poetry and liking it doesn’t necessarily change the person. You could remind them that it doesn’t affect their identity.
Ninth, sometimes people who don’t like poetry associate it with certain emotions. They might think, for example, that most poetry is serious and somber. If that is the case, you can find poetry that is the opposite of their perception, that they might enjoy more.
Tenth, you could remind the person that it is all right if they don’t like all poetry. You could remind them that not all poetry is for all people and that is okay if they don’t like certain kinds. You could remind them that there is no “poetry authority” judging them for what they read. You could remind them that the poetry they happen to like doesn’t have to conform to some perception they have of what poetry is.