IOI (7/4/1934 / Hebburn.Co Durham U.K)

The Birth Of Poetry For M Lady Mary Gordley

The birth of poetry.

Before the advent of the written word.
When all knowledge was passed on orally.
then history relied on memory.
Men had to memorise all that they heard
Perhaps this was the birth of poetry.
The tribal elders found they could recall
in simple rhyming verses best of all.
Easily committed to memory.
Long, long before recorded history.
The elders chose and trained one man to be
The current guardian of their legacy
of knowledge they had garnered carefully.
When all knowledge was passed on orally
Then history relied on memory
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12-May-08

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You are exactly correct Ivor. This is the basic point I have been trying to make to all of those in the world of poetry today. Those who disdain the rhymes and rhythms and sounds and the basic purpose of poetry, which is communication; are attempting to destroy the essence of poetry's meaning as an art form. If they preach the abandonment of these basic things, they are teaching the abandonment of poetry itself. You cannot deny poetry's history and enhance it in any way. In fact, it is nothing less than a blasphemy against this beautiful art form itself. Greenwolfe 1962