Poetry essay: Poetry expressing a point of view that differs from the perceived societal viewpoint

Sometimes as a poet you may want to express views in poetry that differ from the way you perceive society to feel.  For example, maybe you are a vegan and believe that eating animals and using animal products is wrong.  You might feel that society overall disagrees with you on this issue.  You may feel that society generally accepts the eating of animals and the use of animal products, even if it doesn’t necessarily speak out against veganism.

In situations like this, you may be wondering what you can do as a poet.  While you want to express your viewpoint, you don’t want to be the recipient of negative comments or get into arguments or debates with people.  You may be wondering how you can express your viewpoint without in some sense clashing with others.

There are a variety options.  Some of them include:

  • Writing obscure poetry. You could write about how you feel in a covered way.  You could express the ideas in such a way that, without delving into the poem, readers might not know what you are expressing.
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  • Writing symbolic poetry. You could express an idea with symbolism.  You could write in such a way as to express the main feeling you have without specifically referencing it.
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  • Writing analogous poetry. You could express your point of view with an analogy.  You could find an analogy that expresses the idea you want in a way that you feel your audience might accept.  You could make your point in such a way that they accept the idea at least in the situation you present.
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  • Writing about common ground. Sometimes when you have a point of view that differs from the way you perceive society to feel, you can find aspects of what you feel that you believe will be accepted.  You could write about those areas that those who disagree with your main idea might still accept.
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  • Writing for a friendly audience. There are a variety of outlets for poetry.  If you feel that there is some portion of society that might disagree with your point of view, you could instead present your point of view to those who would agree.  This could be through publications, with various groups, or with simply people you know who feel the same way you do.
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  • Writing in a conciliatory tone. Writing in this way expresses an idea while acknowledging a difference of opinion.  It reinforces the idea that while you may think differently than someone else, but that doesn’t mean you think the person is bad.
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  • Write positive poetry. Sometimes when you have a point of view that differs from others, you might consider writing negative poetry.  This is poetry that says why the differing view is wrong.  Instead of this, you could write positive poetry.  This is where you describe some aspect of what you believe as good, without basing in terms of something else being bad.

Post Series: Poems with Explanations: Acceptance?

Acceptance?

Acceptance?
The one idea,
eventually,
not said out.
Told by each.
Especially,
noticeable,
the lacking,
even of only,
not one tyro.

 

This poem is about a woman who has had a miscarriage.  In the poem, she has been visited by many people soon after the event.  The people attempt to console her.  After so many visits though, the woman is tired of it all.

Each visitor, at some point indirectly, tells the woman that she should accept what has happened.  They are in some way, trying to tell her to move on.  In the first line of the poem, the woman starts to reflect on what she is told.

She starts by questioning the idea of acceptance (Acceptance?).  She is almost experiencing a disgust at the thought.  She is somewhat jaded as she comes to the conclusion, that each and every person that has visited her has told her the same thing.  She realizes though, that no one has actually said the word acceptance.  They instead talk around the idea.  She feels that they are cowardly for this, and she again, is experiencing some disgust.  This whole thought process is contained in the two sentences: The one idea, eventually, not said out.  Told by each.

The woman is bothered by the attitudes of those that visit her.  She feels it is condescending and rude and out of touch, and a whole list of other ideas, for them to tell her to accept anything.  She is very emotional, but in some way, not expressing it.

Part of the reason for how the woman feels, is the fact that not one person who has spoken to her of acceptance, has been through what she has been through.  Not one of them has had a miscarriage.  She examines each visitor in her mind and comes to this conclusion.  This idea is contained in the sentence: Especially, noticeable, the lacking, even of only, not one tyro.  (The word tyro generally means the same thing as the word novice.  There is in a sense a double negative in the sentence.  The woman notices the lack of no novices.  This means she sees everyone as a novice.)

The idea of the poem is that the woman feels offended that people who have no direct knowledge of what she is experiencing, are trying to tell her how to deal with it.  She feels a certain frustration and annoyance by it all.

This poem uses the experimental poetry form: ten that was on this blog on August 1, 2016.  In summary, the form is one stanza that has ten lines.  Each line has ten letters.  The poem follows the acrostic pattern of ATENTENTEN.

The form used for this poem was very influential to the expression of the idea.  Having to match the letter count and the acrostic pattern was a constant thought as the poem was written.  Within this though, there was still the idea of somehow trying to relate the idea that was in the poem.  The final thought, of a woman being visited by guests whom she comes to view as hypocrites, was directly influenced by the form.  It was decided as the poem was written.

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Do you like poems with explanations?

M. Sakran’s self-published book of poems with explanations called Understanding: poems with explanations is available for purchase as an eBook for an available price of $0.99. Buy your copy today!

To help celebrate the self-publication of this book, there is a post series of poems with explanations on the blog.  Above is a poem with an explanation for the series.  This poem with an explanation (as well as the rest in the series) is not from the book.  It is a different one that is part of this post series for readers to read and enjoy.