March 21st – World Poetry Day

Tomorrow, March 21st, is World Poetry Day.

For some of you, I’m sure you’re interested in poetry – Korean, English, or any other language? It’s an important part of our cultural heritage.

The United Nations says “Poetry contributes to creative diversity, by questioning anew our use of words and things, our modes of perception and understanding of the world. Through its associations, its metaphors and its own grammar, poetic language is thus conceivably another facet of the dialogue among cultures.”

http://www.un.org/en/events/poetryday/

I thought I’d add a couple of poems to this blog for you.

The author of this poem is probably Scotland’s most famous person. More famous and popular than Shakespeare in Scotland, Robert Burns is someone I admire very much. Not only was he a poet, a songwriter (‘Auld Lang Syne, Ae Fond Kiss etc), but he was also a social commentator of the times.

This helps explain the poem in English.

To a Mouse – meaning

“Not Waving but Drowning” – a poem by Stevie Smith. Read by Janet Harris.

Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he’s dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.

Do you have a favourite poet or poem? Korean or another language? What does it mean to you and why? Share it with us here.

 

 

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