William Shakespeare, John Donne, e.e cummings.
Do these names have anything in common? Yes, you guessed correctly. They are all famous poets who have strongly influenced our lives today. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is an epic love story which helps us to appreciate our true love, and inspires us to seek our passion. Religious beliefs combined with sharp European criticism changed the meaning of acceptance during the Elizabethan era. Traditional techniques were abandoned, giving a modern flair to poetry, and reintroducing us to the beauty of poetry in our lives.
Whether being in love, happy, sad, or in mourning, poetry has its place.
Whether being in love, happy, sad, or in mourning, poetry has its place. People lean on poetry for its visual statement, content, music, and illustration of the artistic point of view. Geoff Mynett, a member of the Roundhouse Poetry Circle, is very passionate about poetry, “for the different viewpoints on the different subject matter, whether individual or universal. And there is something very universal about poetry. Be open to everything when reading poetry… Creating poetry is very different all together.”
People create in different ways, manners and complexity. Compare the childhood favourite “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star“ with John Donne’s “Death, be not proud (Holy Sonnet 10).” Poetry plays with words, and is similar to music where words come together in harmony. When reading poetry, be open to the music in the words, and how the representation of words is different from their underlying meaning. The creative spark, which comes from within us, is the first step in creating, followed by putting words to paper.
The Roundhouse Poetry Circle originated as a Simon Fraser University class and continued due to the encouragement shown the students. They meet once a month at the Roundhouse and discuss various poems by different poets. The Poetry Circle welcomes new participants.
What is your favourite poem? Who is your poet of choice? We would love to hear from you.
By Fatima Sumar, Roundhouse Blog Team. Fatima works with Matrix Connectivity Solutions running their social media, runs her own wedding consulting business QueenoHearts Planners Ltd, and creates jewellery. After coming on board at the Roundhouse, she realized how much the Roundhouse has to offer and the amount of love she can give back to the community.