Have you ever wanted to dive into poetry, but didn’t know where to start? We understand that! The world of poetry is as vast as the ocean, with such depth that it can be hard to know which way is up.
Poetry is oft-overlooked because it can be difficult to decipher the poet’s meaning or the reader is worried that they aren’t reading it the “right way.” They may feel as if poetry is outdated, antiquated, or downright boring. And all of those things can be true! Just like fiction, poetry meets the reader where they are at that moment, and if it’s not something we are receptive to, it’s hard to keep at it.
But poetry rides the tides of “The Now”, a reflection of what is happening around us and our place in this ever-evolving world. Just like other art mediums, poetry flexes and bends, molding itself to exist in as many variations as music, cinema, and literature does. While poetry may be revered for its supposedly pretentious and complex construction, it’s finding the nuances and details hidden inside that can take it from simple words on a page to a call of the soul.
Giving merit where it’s due, the classics of poetry (Shakespeare, Keats, Lord Byron, etc), have a place in the Hall of Fame of poetry for sure, but modern poetry is so much more than the sonnets and verses of yesteryear. Modern poetry addresses topics like feminism, immigration, classism, social injustices, and so much more. In addition to what would be a book of poetry, there are novels-in-verse at can be so well crafted and intricately assembled that you might need to read them two or three times (or more, we don’t judge!) to just capture every detail.
Below, you will find 10 poetry books or novels-in-verse that are filled to the brim with all that makes up the human condition… love, loss, history, music, and much more. So pick one (or two or three!), because we are sure you’ll be surprised at how much you love it!.
“The poem is a voice that makes it clear you are not alone.” ~John Fox
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