Semi-Cento: Poetry



They say poetry
went out with troubadours,
That minstrels rhymes
means nothing to modern ears.
Yet, “Who can Stand”
before Blake’s “Lullaby”?
Would you say that Poe’s
“Raven”‘s: “never-more”
leaves our hearts indifferent?
Are we never to walk
“in a yellow wood”
and upon meeting
“the roads diverged”
not think of Frost?
Is all poetic sentiment then lost?
Then read the plaque,
Like Dante did,
For here we are
At those infernal gates:
“among the lost souls”
and we might say,
“Abandon all hope all ye that enter!”

n.b. of course we have our troubadours and though people may not think they like poetry, each and every day they listen to it through their music.

OctPoWriMo 2013: Day 10


16 thoughts on “Semi-Cento: Poetry

  1. Oh wow. ! I love this. And as much as i am shy to say i never cared for old poets , today i feel they have so much to offer.. so much for us to learn and follow.


    • We’ve all felt shy about the old poets…basically because of how they were handled in school I think…going back after we’ve left the dusty halls, we discover how fantastic they really were! glad you like it!


  2. I find it frustrating when people say they ‘don’t get poetry’…. I want to say, whats to ‘get?’ Your life is filled with it. Maybe they don’t see it, and that’s their point? Shame. Excellent message in this poem, which I thoroughly appreciate. X


  3. I couldn’t agree with you more. You have obviously struck a chord with many people with your finely crafted verse. And I love the point you made about music.


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