An Arab poet can be selling out a large arena the size of a Jack White concert. It is similar is Russia, and the former Soviet Union. quora I have also seen crowds be consumed by Hmong communities in the dead downtown of St. Paul, Minnesota. Poetry is a living circus that has not lost its strength, only white Americans don’t see it, and so they presume it is less prevalent.
Where did the effect of poetry evolve?:
Robert Frost didn’t invent poetry. Neither did Walt Whitman. They are just pieces to the 23000 year puzzle. One of the earliest pieces of poetry wasn’t even written down. It was performed. The piece was started in 2000 B.C. It was called, “Epic of Gilgamesh.” The act was called an epic by the Sumerians. Poetry was used for story tellers to remember their stories. History
Between 1200 B.C and A.D 455, the Greeks and Romans created epic poetry. Homer, who created “Odyssey” and “lliad,” and Hesiod who created, “Works and Days” were the two famous poets. The Greeks used poetry to tell stories about Gods History 2
In the three periods, Renaissance, Enlightenment, and Romantic poetry had its own flavor. Shakespeare evolved in the Renaissance period. In the Enlightenment period, the emphasis was telling stories like those in the Greek era. In the Romantic period poetry was all about identification and expression.
Now what do we have today:
There may not be a mainstream in America, but there is in other countries. Even so, we have our own element to the history to poetry. We have slam poetry. The act is becoming an act to its self. It is an art form through and though out. The Whitmans and Frosts couldn’t perform like the artists who perform these days.
List of Slam Poets:
- Taylor Mali
- Beau Sia
- Big Poppa E
- Mighty Mike Mcgee
- Alix Olson
- Cristin O’keefe Aptowicz
- Scott Woods
- Rachel McKibbens
- Saul Williams