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NAME: FRANCESCA CATALANO TASK 1: Short written response on poetry TOPIC: Discuss how poetry written centuries ago is still able to engage readers today Poetry written centuries ago is still able to engage readers today through its expression of universal themes and ideas and also by the techniques and conventions of poetry that assist in conveying these themes and ideas. Poetry is a form of art which acknowledges the universality of human psychology. It develops with the civilisation from which it springs and this civilisation is a central part of the poetry itself; however, there are aspects of poetry which are relevant to all cultures at all times. These aspects are of course the themes, ideas, conventions and techniques. Some ideas which appear often in poetry are love, religion, fortune, life and death. These ideas are universal in that they are relevant in society centuries ago, and society today. Conventions and techniques have also been used in poetry throughout time in order to assist in conveying the message of the poem and engaging the reader. Some techniques which are commonly used are metaphor, simile, personification, alliteration, rhyme and enjambment. Hence, from this use of common themes, ideas, conventions and techniques, readers are able to be engaged by poetry no matter when it was written. ...read more.


By Elizabeth Barrett Browning also presents the idea of religion as it has a continuous reference to spirituality and God. An example of this is in line 4 where it states 'For the ends of Being and ideal Grace'. Ideal Grace is capitalized here and probably refers to God, and His most perfect gift-Salvation. It also refers to the opportunity to experience eternal love and bliss in His presence as she likens her love for the subject to that love of God. It is also evident in the last line where it states, 'and, if God choose/I shall but love thee better after death'. This suggests that her love for him will not end at the grave, but, God willing, will continue on eternally. This reference to God shows that she, the author values religion in her life as do many people in today's society, therefore this idea encourages the reader to relate to the poem and hence be engaged. This shows that the idea of religion is also universal and it being included in poetry assists in engaging the reader no matter how long ago the poem was written. Life and death are ideas that are repeatedly used in poetry, especially those written centuries ago. ...read more.


These emotions and ideas that are expressed by poets are those that are expressed by all people at some point. Malouf states that "since poetry speaks immediately out of the centre of each one of us: giving shape to what we too have experienced and did not till then have words for, though as soon as they are spoken we know them as our own". This quote explains the way in which poetry speaks up about what happens in all people's lives and what usually goes unnoticed. Poetry being open to interpretation can be read in many different ways with different meaning being discovered. Poetry as a whole being concerned with universal ideas and themes, relates to all human beings no matter what country they come from or what time they live in. The techniques used in poetry assist in engaging the reader and emphasising the message the poet is trying to send. To conclude poetry written centuries ago is still able to engage readers today as it contains themes, ideas, conventions and techniques that are universal and therefore relatable to all people. The poems written centuries ago continue to give insight into love, religion, life and death even though they were written so long ago. Poetry may reflect the time period with which it comes from, but through the universality of human psychology, it is timeless. ...read more.

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