ART AND CULTURE

If you’ve had the same stress level as Kim Kardashian when she lost her diamond earrings, you should read this.

Poetry is a therapeutic essence of language that can deliver with just a few lines the full range of human experience. Poetry isn’t something that serves just one purpose. It is a technique, a way of making patterns that put emotions into words. The particularities in poems are like the particularities and personalities that distinguish people from one another. Furthermore, poems are easy to share, to pass on, and when it’s read, you can visualize someone speaking to you or for you.

We can write and read poems when we wish to remember, celebrate, or look beyond death and say goodbyes. That is one reason why poems seem important even to people who don’t live in a world of words. Poems or music, the patterns in each melody or verse show us not just who a character is or what they did but also what it is like to be that person, this helps us achieve “verstehen”, interpretive understanding of a person’s situation and decisions.

The great poet Frank O’ Hara in his work, Personism: A Manifesto said, “Nobody should experience anything they don’t need to if they don’t need poetry bully for them”. The writer with an assertive tone emphasizes that poems in any form can bring people together temporarily and it sticks in our heads not just because it rhymes but for how it sounds. On the beats two and four with anticipatory hints on the one and three – as if the poems themselves were coming to life. O’Hara once confessed that when he didn’t wish to be alive anymore, the very thought of not being able to write any more poems was what stopped him from ending his life.

Everything we do is in sync with poetry and music and this is an ancient idea. Greek philosopher and mathematician, Pythagoras talked about the music and art of the spheres, a harmony created by the planet’s orbits. A poet-philosopher named Rilke from the early twentieth century observed that the human skull had this seam that keeps the parts together called the coronal structure and he noted that it had some similarities to a sound wave or what he said “the groove of a phonograph.” Have you ever wondered where we begin to respond to music? It begins in the womb. Human responsiveness to sound begins in the womb and that sound comes through in the form of speech and music and in the first years of life, those distinctions in sound allow us to learn speech and language itself.

Coupled with these, it is easier than ever to find poems and music that might stay inside you. Music can help you say and show how you are feeling. It can also introduce you to feelings and new ways of being in the world. The people who create and produce music are unlike others. Such artists are showing us the ways in which we can look at the world differently and look at ourselves differently. Hadn’t the older generations laid the founding concept of creating, exploring, and preserving art, light wouldn’t have been shed upon the creativity that seems to be lost amidst the very nature of distraction today.

Music has the power to transform, heal and inspire. The music that we listen to reflects our culture. We can find the fingerprints of a certain generation in the sound and melody of that time. Thus, making art more significantly representational, a manifestation of how everything around us has a story and how it is continuously changing. Moreover, music has the power to culturally, morally, and emotionally influence our society and the people who live in it. It gives us the power to strengthen our intuition and awareness through deep listening. Music helps us understand the different elements of life through simple sounds, vibrations, and silences. This is why music can seem at once so durable, so personal and so ephemeral.

In conclusion, music and poems have helped me see how my unacknowledged assumptions can make me believe in non-existential feelings. Whenever I feel alienated or threatened, music and poems are there to comfort me, constantly reassuring me that I am not alone. Amidst the fast-paced chaotic hustle-and-bustle of life, I choose to be free and creative and music and poems have helped me achieve this. Carrying the collage of all my childhood memories, as I step into my future with ease, I am learning to recognize the tigers behind the trees. Through music and poems, I see myself as a monumental being, an elegant formation of flesh and bone.

Born as a human being, I have the privilege to choose an identity that doesn’t need to conform to the socially constructed portfolio for an individual. The space that exists between my over-scrutinized thoughts is where I find myself and in that space, I am free and creative. 

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