Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Spoken word poetry

Once in a while, I visit TED.com and watch the inspiring talks. Today, I saw this one by Sarah Kay, a spoken word poet. Before this, it never crossed my mind that poetry could be in the 'spoken word'. As she said in the video, poetry 'remain' on paper. And I definitely found out that it does not have to be written in the 'typical' style we all know of poems, like the ones of William Wordsworth or Robert Frost. Watch and you'll know what I mean.


And here's one by Wordsworth:

Perfect Woman

She was a phantom of delight
When first she gleam'd upon my sight;
A lovely apparition, sent
To be a moment's ornament;
Her eyes as stars of twilight fair;
Like twilight's, too, her dusky hair;
But all things else about her drawn
From May-time and the cheerful dawn;
A dancing shape, an image gay,
To haunt, to startle, and waylay.

I saw her upon nearer view,
A Spirit, yet a Woman too!
Her household motions light and free,
And steps of virgin liberty;
A countenance in which did meet
Sweet records, promises as sweet;
A creature not too bright or good
For human nature's daily food;
For transient sorrows, simple wiles,
Praise, blame, love, kisses, tears, and smiles.

And now I see with eye serene
The very pulse of the machine;
A being breathing thoughtful breath,
A traveller between life and death;
The reason firm, the temperate will,
Endurance, foresight, strength, and skill;
A perfect Woman, nobly plann'd,
To warn, to comfort, and command;
And yet a Spirit still, and bright
With something of angelic light.

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