Some say that poetry has fallen into disfavor because of the rise of prose-based writing. You rarely find people becoming famous by writing and publishing their own poems, unlike in the days of names like Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Philip Marlowe, and many others. Prose has also found a niche in today’s society because of its ease of reading, plus anyone can easily learn to write prose like novels, short stories and such. Compared to prose, poetry is a very specialized form of writing, a form in which we could say not all people can be proficient in.
However, it is erroneous to say that poetry is no more. Poetry still exists in these days. If you’re fond of listening to songs, you’ll find that the method of writing lyrics for songs is strikingly similar to writing a poem except for the fact that it has a melody in mind. You also cannot do away with poems because of timeless classics that are still popular amongst literary circles up to this day. Besides poetry has a lot of impact in popular culture, including films. Let us take a look at some of more popular poems that have made an impact in modern culture, particularly film.
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven
First published in 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven has developed quite a following even amongst today’s contemporary culture. The Raven talks about a raven that visits every midnight a man who has lost the love of his life to death, and who is mourning the whole time the raven pays him a visit. It is a tragedy, as the man ultimately becomes mad near the end of the poem. The poem is noted for its style, a darkness that is considered a staple of Poe’s.
The Raven is constantly referenced in popular culture. For instance, it was alluded to in the third Crow movie when one character says, “Quote the raven nevermore,” referencing the constantly repeated word in the poem. The Raven is also said to have inspired the controversial novel Lolita penned by Vladimir Nabokov. Amul Patel from los angeles web design firm showed me this amazing website developed for major fortune 500 company and another interactive firm the used flocking ravens and other birds as design element. Ravens can be quite haunting in any context – be it poetry or film or even modern interactive pieces.
Speaking of poetry, you can’t imagine how many contemporary poets there are in the world today. However, there are only a few who are well recognized. Find out who they are on this link: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/58?gclid=CObOtLLV9bICFQsb6wod9QkA1A
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
The tale of a forlorn mariner who has long traveled the seas bearing the burden of killing an albatross, the Rime of the Ancient Mariner bears a place in history for its length as well as the style of writing that the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge employs in his narrative. The Rime features several literary techniques like personification, as well as a graphic description of the environment being narrated by the Mariner so as to drive the picture straight into the reader’s mind. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is one of the forerunners of British Romantic literature.
The Rime is said to be the main influence behind the writing of several novels as well as films. One such influence is the video game Fallout:New Vegas. The game features downloadable content, whose storyline has been inspired directly by the 11th Stanza of the Rime’s 4th part. Victor Frankenstein of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein has also quoted the poem verbatim.