“Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.”
-Percy Bysshe Shelley
Last Friday I immersed myself in several episodes of Masterpiece Mystery’s Inspector Lewis. I love British detective shows (immensely) and I really needed to veg out a bit. Well, while watching one episode I heard the above quote and thought about how appropriate it was. As a poet, I like to think that I am cataloging not only human emotion but also current events; as well as history. The Shelley quote has given me some inspiration and I hope to bring more poems to the blog soon. I have been writing more poetry this year than I planned but that’s definitely not a bad thing.
I remember, when I was younger, poetry was not cool. My cohorts thought it was hard to understand and that poets spent their time brooding and spoke in archaic phrases. That they tried to be implicitly difficult to understand, and that they prided themselves on the title of “Poet.” For me poetry has always been soothing, comforting, it has almost always given me a sense of freedom. I often think of it as pouring myself onto the page.
I love being a poet, giving birth to new pieces and I hope that by continuing to grow my blog that I am changing the way that people view poetry. And poets.