I plan to continue my poetic adventure in 2023, similar to how I started in 2022, with a slight variation. Starting with the letter A, I will try to explore several poetry styles. This journey in poetry writing started two years ago when I strongly desired to learn more about reading and writing poetry. Black Out Poems became my obsession at the end of 2022. I promise to be a little more diverse this year. I started 2023 by writing “Ars Poetic” verse style. This form of poetry can be translated from Latin as “The Art of Poetry,” I call this poem Human History.
How does “Ars Poetic” relate to the poem Human History?
Horace started this tradition somewhere around 13 B.C.E. This form of poetry is simply writing a poem about writing a poem. It expresses how the poet feels when engaged in the writing process, examining the poet’s relationship to the poem. There are no rules about meter or rhythm. Writing this form of poetry should be a fun experience.
Note: I decided to tackle my “Ars Poetic” poems by writing them in a series of poems without any rules of meter and rhythm. The subject matter concerns what I could write about if I chose to write about the subject matter.
Human History When ambitious people with power With enough brawn and technology Seak to conquer, manipulate, and devour A people who have something they want Make the defeated bend a knee Through destruction and tyranny Human history unwritten in the textbook Ghosts appearing in nightmares to haunt The image of an imperfect past Portray those you want to rule With a cultural deformity Don’t give their native culture a second look Because history favors the winner Even in the wars that went undeclared History always tends to repeat itself And peace has a price It’s written in the books on the shelf I guess I could write about that Like notes sung by a little bird Letter upon letter Word upon word Line upon line Stanza upon stanza This poem is for me to create and define
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