DEAD POETS

DEAD POETS

A Poem by Rene Velez

they say to write in solid structures
study classic forms and classic writers
but I'm a writer free of form
I don't conform to the classic ways
I am a poet of today, and so I
side step and let the educated mourn them

though I have respect for my elders
I aspire to be better and if
I fail my thoughts are still my own
from the depths of my center
where thoughts spill but words never enter
from the mastered forms of before

I've read the greats like Keats and Yeats
but I breathe in struggle, I don't relate
to their poetic ideals, my misery is real
there are trials in life I can not appeal

greats of English word they served it well
within their time, my anvil to quell
I jot in rhyme I breathe sublime, in this time

for they are done caring
and I, not a thin paring


© 2011 Rene Velez


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Rene Velez
your either going to hate it or love it...so go ahead, but explain...

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@ invs: I appreciate the critique, to each his own I say, but does expression and poetry have to be put in a box and stored away, or can it just over flow and become something new...I am only stating poetry has to progress in order for it not to die, it's not very popular these days unless your sitting drivel on stage, stagnant is not what I want for the art of poetry...I did say I respected the greats though...I didn't put them down...






Posted 8 Years Ago


3 of 3 people found this review constructive.




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This was well written. Nice job.

Posted 8 Years Ago


A beautiful write:)

Posted 8 Years Ago


neither. I studied art in college, and took many art history courses to "study" the past artists of history, their works, etc. but it wasn't until I took a European history course that what those artists painted and why made any sense to me. A different form of study helped me understand that my predassors did more than paint pretty pictures.

In another vein, more like what you've written here, a very famous trumpet player says not to copy any other artist, yet his early study of the instrument is steeped in a half dozen trumpet artists he emulated.... so does originality come from emulation or not? Or is it do as I say, not as I do? ah, the questions.

Lastly, I can offer that if you go it alone, your efforts are no less valid, not at all, BUT it will take you longer, so stay strong, keep confidence, be patient for a larger achievement and keep writing.



Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Love it. Its great that you can appreciate what they did and how they did it. But to be a true poet i feel that you have to follow your own form whether it be blank verse to haiku. As long as your true to yourself you could never disrespect the craft.

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I loved the message, plus how you stated what you would change, "but I'm a writer free of form, I don't conform to the classic ways." And then you changed the form at the end. It threw me off at first, and it made me go back and reread the poem again. Nice job!

Posted 8 Years Ago


This is Beautifully written (: well done



Posted 8 Years Ago


An excellent piece of work written with such credibility... from the mind of a Twenty First Century poet.

I'd say move over Keats and Yeats.... you've definately got some beats!



Posted 8 Years Ago


Amen, I agree. I follow the school of Bukowski and the anti-beat

Posted 8 Years Ago


Your ability to rise above is called evolving and you have evolved a way of your own

Posted 8 Years Ago


Really Lovely writing!
Keep it up!
Do you read mine too Anguish and She..
God bless you..
Lucky!

Posted 8 Years Ago



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