My Passion of Poetry by Sara Nabil

Posted on: 11/08/2020 in Blogs by Young People from Young H&F
My Passion of Poetry by Sara Nabil from HFYC

Poetry is something very close to my heart. It has an intrinsic beauty that (in my opinion) is unparalleled.

It allows you to dive into the depths of someone’s mind and explore emotion in weird and wonderful ways. Although maths and science are some of my favourite subjects, poetry offers an escape of the of logical and the straightforward. Often poets are even encouraged to break free from colloquial language and grammar, if it betters their work.

Writing, as well as reading poetry has also been a great asset to me in my life. The experience of creating something that is uniquely yours is a treasured experienced. However, more importantly, it helps you reflect on difficult aspects of your life. Personally, it allows me to slow down and evaluate moments in my life, where I feel frustrated, upset etc . Furthermore constructing layers and adding meaningful depth to your poem is a really satisfying experience. The great sense of achievement I feel after accomplishing this is due to (hopefully) inspiring a similar sentiment I feel when reading poetry. The ‘That-is -so-fitting-in such-a-beautiful way’ feeling. (I’m not sure ‘that-is-so-fitting-in-such-a-beautiful-way’ is a recognised word in the Oxford or any dictionary, but like I said break free from the rules!)

I’m my mind reading poetry is an act of empathy, and empathy is the most important thing in this world. So I want to encourage people to take one step forward from empathy, to support. And therefore I would like to share some of my all time favourite poets, who also happen to be Black or of Ethnic minorities. Knowing their works and appreciating its worth, is a free and enjoyable way to support the BLM movement. (To be more aware of historically great BAME poets)

Below are some of my favourite poems and one of their poems I especially liked.

Rudy Francisco- ‘If I was a love poet’

Alysia Harris-‘No poems inside Victorian house’

Ada Limón- ‘Instructions on not giving up’

Claude McKay- ‘To one coming North’

Also, there are so many different types of poetry and poets, so don’t be immediately put off if you don’t like the first poem you read, or have previously been nonchalant about poetry (or even disliked it.) (Often being taught something in a regimented like environment such as school it can be a bit off-putting. Also, when I’m told I should like something sometimes my brain likes to rebel a little and make it a personal challenge to find all the reasons I shouldn’t like that thing.)

Whether you previously had an interest in poetry and just enjoyed relating to or hearing my thoughts or have just reconsidered reading/writing poetry, I hope it has (in the famous words of poet Marie Kondo:) sparked joy. (Apologies for the bad dad joke)