Why is it that poetry doesn't have a bigger audience then it currently has?
- EnguerarrardLv 71 year agoFavourite answer
It has a bigger audience in some parts of the world. In Russia poets fill sports arenas, and poets have a higher standing in the Latin world.
America is teeming with many thousands of semi talented hacks whom the public mistakes for the cream of the crop. This lowers the public evaluation of poetry overall.
There are a number of reasons for this. The confessional poetry of Sylvia Plath is raw and powerful, but it opened the door for hordes of wannabees who just expose themselves on the page with little art. Anyone unfamiliar with the world of literature picking up Charles Bukowski will wonder how he became so famous.
Understatement is a technique highly valued by the best modern poets, but for people unfamiliar with it, understatement tends to go over people's heads. For generations raised on screeching rock and roll and instant gratification, the subtlety of good poetry may just be boring.
- Man AbrierLv 51 year ago
Because it's poetry. It's not going to save your life or make your life any better. It's nice to read. You may memorize a few lines. It doesn't serve much purpose overall other than in art and expression.
- Les Than SpamLv 61 year ago
a bigger audience is not necessarily the best circumstance . . . I get away from the "big audience" . . .
- red2queenLv 51 year ago
Because one generation works too much to read, another would rather play video games, and another has multitasked hemselves into being unable to synthesize thought. The poets are those without generation.
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- Midnight BluesLv 71 year ago
I'll say because most people find it boring. At least that's the reason I don't read poetry.
- Anonymous1 year ago
Because sometimes the language is too figurative for the layman
- 7FlightsupLv 61 year ago
It's in the lyrics of songs, which has a big audience.
- RaviLv 41 year ago
Audience is there, resources are at fingertips.
- Pearl LLv 71 year ago
maybe people are just more interested in other stuff
- mokrieLv 71 year ago
I consider it a waste of time and boring as heck to read.