Help Inge Read Poetry (Seriously, I’m Hopeless)

Posted August 14, 2017 by Inge in Features, Tea Party // Random Thoughts / 7 Comments

Hello!

You may find it hard to believe that anyone could hate reading, but… I used to hate reading. Hate. Despise. ENTIRELY LOATHE. I thought it was boring. But I think a lot of those negative thoughts have to do with our required reading in high school. We were forced to read classics, which have never really agreed with me, and so I only read books that I thought were dull. But then, at the joyful age of 16, I picked up Twilight, and I really loved that. And then Twilight made me pick up another book, and another, until I could no longer deny it: I had become a reader. *shudder*

I guess you could say I’d found my niche. I am now very confident in the genres I love, and know (fairly well) what will work for me and what won’t.

Poetry has never really worked for me. I guess the same problem arises here — the poems I’ve been fed were never really my thing, and so I shunned the whole genre for a long time. I never really “got” poetry. But I would like to learn.

Thing is, I have no idea where to start, so I’m calling for assistance. I’m looking for poets or poetry collections that would be good to begin with Nothing too fancy, or with too much symbolism. I’ve never been very good at finding hidden meanings in texts — they say one thing but actually mean another. And if that is peasant-like and pedestrian of me, I am sorry. I could maybe work up to that? But I think it would just scare me off if I tried it right now.

And if I could try out some of those suggestions for free? That would be amazing, because the library is not an option here — only classic novels in the English sections. But I would love to just be able to experiment and discover and see what works for me, just like I did with novels.

I don’t have much reference to help with recommendations. I quite liked The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace. I did not care much for Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. I am willing to try out both free verse and more “traditional” poetry, but I think, in general, I would lean more towards modern/contemporary works. (Since writing this blog post, I have tried out some poems by Edgar Allan Poe and HAHAHA yeah that’s not going to work.)

Thank you for your help! ♥

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7 responses to “Help Inge Read Poetry (Seriously, I’m Hopeless)

  1. Hi Inge,
    I love this post ( I almost wrote “bost.” That just shows you how excited I am). I read a lot of classics in uni, but my favorite style of poetry (I guess it’s a style? IDK) is slam poetry. Olivia Gatwood has a couple of poems on YouTube. Sarah Kay is pretty good, too. Savannah Brown is a YouTuber and a poet. She’s fantastic. Basically, I don’t buy poetry books (expensive), but I listen to poetry on the channels Button Poetry on YouTube and SlamFind (also on YouTube). Good luck! Excited for you to find your faves.
    Hugs

  2. Unfortunately I’m not going to be any help since I haven’t read any poetry books. But I can relate in that I’ve never really understood the hidden meanings in texts a lot of the time, at least not with the things they taught us in school. I think the way they shoved so much symbolism at us just turned me off it in general and now I shun it lol. The only hidden meaning I understand is the stuff I put in my own poems 😛

  3. I feel you. When I’ve read poetry it was often because I had to and I didn’t always ‘get’ it. But there have been exceptions! I think it’s great that you want to broaden your horizon with this. I completely agree with Dina that slam poetry can be amazing – generally poetry is often better read aloud, I think. I’m not an expert at all when it comes to poetry, but I’ve enjoyed some poems by Dorothy Parker. Also, I can still recite Fire and Ice by Robert Frost, because it was at the beginning of Eclipse, and I like it. 😀 Also, not sure if it’s for you, but there’s a really good course on coursera.org (https://www.coursera.org/learn/modpo), which I participated in for a bit a few years ago. It was pretty cool in terms of learning how to analyse poems. Hope you find something you enjoy!

  4. Olivia-Savannah

    YESSS I love poetry. If you don’t mind things a little on the morbid and dark side, try Ariel by Sylvia Plath. If you want some feminist, black culture poetry, try The Black Unicorn by Audre Lorde. 🙂

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